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    Atatiana Koquice Jefferson (28) was shot and killed by police in her own home when a neighbor called a non-emergency number to have police check an open door

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/12/us/fo...ing/index.html

    A black woman was shot and killed by a white police officer in her Fort Worth, Texas home after a neighbor called dispatchers to report the woman's front door was open, police said.

    The officers were searching the perimeter of the woman's home when they saw a person standing near a window inside and one of them opened fire, killing her, Fort Worth police said.

    The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified the woman killed as 28-year-old Atatiana Koquice Jefferson. She died at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the bedroom of her home.

    Hours after the shooting, police released a heavily edited version of the officer's body camera footage. The nearly 2-minute video shows officers walking outside the home with flashlights for a few minutes before one of them yells, "Put your hands up! Show me your hands!" and shoots his weapon through a window.

    "The Fort Worth Police Department is releasing available body camera footage to provide transparent and relevant information to the public as we are allowed within the confines of the Public Information Act and forthcoming investigation," police said.

    In a statement, police said the officers entered the home and gave the woman medical treatment, but she died at the scene.

    The department also said that it "shares the deep concerns of the public and is committed to completing an extremely thorough investigation of this critical police incident to its resolution."

    Police have not named the officer, who joined the department in April of last year. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The Fort Worth Police Officers Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    James Smith, Jefferson's neighbor, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he called a non-emergency police number when he saw her doors open and lights on in the early morning hours. He said he knew Jefferson was home with her nephew.

    He said he was trying to be a good neighbor and called authorities so they could check on Jefferson.

    "I'm shaken. I'm mad. I'm upset. And I feel it's partly my fault," he told the news outlet. "If I had never dialed the police department, she'd still be alive."
    'Put your hands up! Show me your hands!'

    Officers responded to the woman's home after dispatchers received a call around 2:25 a.m. from a person saying his or her neighbor's front door was open, police said.

    In the body camera video, when the officers first arrive at the house, the door is open and the lights are on, but no one can be seen.

    The officers then walk around the home and into the dark holding a flashlight. At some point, one of them quickly approaches a window with his weapon drawn.

    Within seconds, the officer yells, "Put your hands up! Show me your hands!" and fires through the window. The officer does not appear to identify himself as police before firing his weapon.

    The officer drew his weapon and fired one shot after "perceiving a threat," police said. The officers found a firearm when they entered the room, the department's statement said.

    The video released by police shows two mostly blurred clips that appeared to be from inside the home, showing a firearm.

    CNN requested the unedited body camera footage, an incident report and dispatch audio from the dispatch call that prompted the response. But a police spokesperson said nothing additional will be released at this time.
    They're saying a firearm in the home...They're not saying she had it, just that it was IN the home. These open carry fucks walk around with assault weapons, but a woman in her own home with a firearm somewhere in the house, is a threat that needs to be killed.

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    Rookie trigger-happy cop strikes again.

    That poor neighbor was trying to do the right thing.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...signs-n1065866

    The Fort Worth, Texas, police officer who fatally shot a woman while she was babysitting her nephew over the weekend resigned Monday, hours before the police department was going to fire him.

    Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus announced at a news conference that he intended to end Officer Aaron Dean's employment, but that Dean tendered his resignation first. Dean, who joined the department in April 2018, still faces criminal charges as well as possible civil rights violations, Kraus said.

    Dean was initially placed on administrative leave following the killing of victim Atatiana Jefferson, 28. He has not been cooperating with investigators in the case, Kraus said.

    "Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct," Kraus added.

    In a separate news conference earlier Monday, Jefferson's family demanded an outside investigation into her death and called for the officer who killed her to be fired.

    "This man murdered someone. He should be arrested," Darius Carr, Jefferson's brother, told reporters.

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    https://heavy.com/news/2019/10/aaron-dean/

    Dean was hired by the police department in August 2017 and was commissioned in April 2018. He’s 35 and, according to Facebook posts, comes from a large family with multiple siblings. It’s not yet known what career he had before he was with the police department.

    Dean had one traffic accident on his record and nothing else, Kraus said. He added that he did not believe Dean had been with any other agency before joining the Fort Worth Police Department.

    The Fort Worth Police said in a press conference on Monday that despite his resigning, his record and separation paperwork will reflect that he was dishonorably discharged.
    As shown on the body cam footage, the officer arrived after 2 in the morning and stood outside the open front door. The lights in the house were on inside. The video does not show the officer announcing himself at the doorway or knocking. Fort Worth Police later acknowledged in a press conference that the officer did not announce he was with the police and they are investigating why. The officer passed two open doors without making any announcements and then walked through a closed gate into the backyard, shining a light all around. He saw someone through a house window, inside the home, and yelled “Put your hands up. Show me your hands!” The officer quickly shot through the window without any hesitation.

    According to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, Jefferson was in her bedroom when she was shot.

    Attorney Lee Merritt, who represented Botham Jean’s family and investigated the death of Joshua Brown, is now representing Jefferson’s family. He said on Twitter that Atatiana Jefferson was playing video games with her eight-year-old nephew in her home when the welfare call was made. She thought she heard a noise in her backyard and was shot when she went to investigate, he said.

    The Fort Worth Police confirmed Sunday night that her nephew was with her when she was shot.

    In a family press conference on Monday, October 14, Lee Merritt said that Zion remembers a lot of what happened and was with Jefferson when she was shot. “He never left the room,” Merritt said, adding that he wanted to be the one to look out the window but Tay didn’t let him. When she went to look out the window, she was shot and killed.

    “He saw her when he fell,” Merritt said. He added that Zion learned coping mechanisms in school that he’s now encouraging his mother to use in her grief.
    The Police Chief Said They Should Not Have Shown the Gun in the Bodycam Footage. Fort Worth PD Is Under Independent Review.

    Police released the bodycam footage of the shooting. The full raw footage is embedded below, as released by the police. It’s edited and stops after the shooting occurs and shows blurry images of a gun in Jefferson’s home. It’s not unusual for people in Texas to have guns in their homes.

    During Monday’s press conference, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said that displaying the gun in the bodycam footage was unnecessary.

    “The images released showing the gun inside Ms. Jefferson’s home… the gun was irrelevant,” Price said. “She was in her own home caring for her 8-year-old nephew.”

    Kraus agreed that in hindsight, showing the weapon in the bodycam footage video was the wrong thing to do. He said they will review why they added that to the footage and when it is and is not appropriate.

    Meanwhile, an independent review will investigate the entire Fort Worth Police Department. During Monday’s press conference, Mayor Price said that a third-party panel of national experts will review the Fort Worth PD.
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...k-RESIGNS.html

    The department released images showing a handgun they said officers found inside Atatiana's home, but did not say where the gun was discovered or whether the officer who shot Jefferson saw it before pulling the trigger.

    Merritt accused police of 'villianizing' Atatiana by sharing a photo of the gun, as if to suggest that she posed some kind of threat.

    'You didn't hear the officer shout: "Gun, gun, gun." He didn't have time to perceive a threat. That's murder,' Merritt said after watching the video.

    The FWPD said it released body cam footage soon after the shooting to provide transparency, but that any 'camera footage inside the residence' could not be distributed due to state law.

    However, the body cam video released to media included blurred still frames showing a gun inside a bedroom at the home.

    Merritt called the department's decision to release images of the gun 'obscene'.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...signs-n1065866

    The Fort Worth, Texas, police officer who fatally shot a woman while she was babysitting her nephew over the weekend was charged with murder on Monday, jail records show.

    Former officer Aaron Dean was being held at the Tarrant County Correction Center, the records show.

    The arrest came just hours after Dean's resignation from the police force. Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus said at a press conference that he intended to end Officer Aaron Dean's employment, but that Dean tendered his resignation first.

    Dean, who joined the department in April 2018, still faces possible civil rights violations, Kraus said.

    "Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct," Kraus added.

    Dean was initially placed on administrative leave following the killing of victim Atatiana Jefferson, 28. He has not been cooperating with investigators in the case, and Kraus said.

    It wasn't clear if Dean has a lawyer. The Fort Worth Police Officers Association did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/wh...tRL?li=BBnb7Kz

    About an hour before Dean was identified, Jefferson’s family held a news conference in Dallas about her death. On Sunday night, they stood next door to their home where Jefferson was shot; they were joined by several hundred people who chanted Jefferson’s name at a vigil in her honor.

    At the news conference and vigil, the family and their attorney described Jefferson as a kind, nurturing woman who loved her family.

    Jefferson attended Xavier University in Louisiana, where she majored in biology. She was considering going back to medical school, her family said.

    She worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales and her co-workers saw her as having integrity. She was dedicated to her family — so much so that she moved back home to help her mother, whose health was declining.

    Her sister Ashley Carr read a statement from the family at Monday’s news conference. The family said Jefferson was smart, ambitious, kind and nurturing and committed to furthering her education.

    “Any parent would be proud to call her a daughter, any sibling would be proud to call her a sister, any employer would be proud to call her an employee, any neighborhood would be proud to have her as a neighbor, and any city would be proud to call her a citizen,” her family said in their statement.

    At Sunday’s vigil, the family’s attorney, Lee Merritt, said Jefferson was a tomboy who was better at video games than the guys she played against. When she ate fruit, she would stick the sticker on her forehead. She liked playing video games with her nephew.

    “This is how she spent her life,” he said. “She was a lover of peace. She was a lover of her family.”

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    I?m glad he was charged with murder.

    This whole situation doesn?t make sense to me...if the door was open wouldn?t they go inside and check on the homeowner? If you are outside in the dark the home owner won?t be able to see you.

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    So she was doing exactly what the 2nd Amendment advocates (who will likely back the cops in this because she was black) say they have a right to do-own a gun in their house and protect themselves in their home.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/15/us/fo...day/index.html

    Dean's arrest warrant, which was released Tuesday, reveals new details about the shooting: The nephew told investigators that his aunt retrieved her handgun from her purse after hearing noises outside.

    Those noises may have been from the police officers. Authorities said Dean had entered the back yard, checking the area with his flashlight, police have said.

    "Jefferson raised her handgun, pointed it toward the window, then Jefferson was shot and fell to the ground," an affidavit attached to Dean's arrest warrant says, citing the child.

    Police said officers found a firearm when they entered the room. They have previously declined to say whether Jefferson was holding the gun when Dean fired.

    "It makes sense that she would have a gun if she felt that she was being threatened, or if there was someone in the backyard," Kraus said.

    Dean was arrested Monday evening by Fort Worth officers at his attorney's office, Kraus said.

    He posted bail about three hours later, after briefly being held in the Tarrant County Jail with bond set at $200,000.

    Fort Worth police have not formally presented the case as yet to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office, officials said.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/15/us/fo...ant/index.html

    Dean has declined to speak with investigators since Saturday, the warrant states.

    He first refused to be interviewed by the detectives in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and his attorneys told police that he was going to provide a written statement at a later date, according to the document.

    In most police shootings, officers give an oral or written statement about what happened for an internal investigation, either immediately after the shooting or within 72 hours.

    As Dean resigned from his job at the police department on Monday, he also declined to provide a written statement, the affidavit states.

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus confirmed that Dean has not been cooperating.

    "I cannot tell you what he felt. He did not give a statement," Kraus said.

    Other responding officer could not share many details

    The second officer responding to Jefferson's home, Officer C. A. Darch, was with Dean when he went into the backyard.

    During the shooting, Darch could only see Jefferson's face through the window because Dean was standing between her and the house, the warrant said.

    Body camera video shows Dean approaching the window and firing a single shot but it doesn't show Darch within eyesight of her colleague.
    CNN is attempting to reach Darch for comment.

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    https://www.fox4news.com/news/former...soYOuYhInISGZU

    Former Dallas Maverick Harrison Barnes and his wife, Brittany Barnes, will pay for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson, who was fatally shot by a Fort Worth officer while in her home.

    Barnes, who was traded from the Mavs to the Sacramento Kings last season, has a history of giving back to the North Texas community while he was a player here, including providing Thanksgiving meals for those in need, and giving to the Boys and Girls Club.

    Jefferson was shot and killed inside her own home early Saturday morning while watching her 8-year-old nephew.

    The officer who fatally shot Jefferson, Aaron Dean, has been charged with murder in her death. He has been released on a $200,000 bond.

    A wake for Jefferson is set for Friday at 7 p.m., with funeral services scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. Both will be held at Potter's House of Dallas, 6777 W. Kiest Blvd.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...r-who-n1068906

    Prosecutors in Tarrant County, Texas, said Friday they intend to ask a grand jury for a murder charge against the former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her home.

    "We have completed an initial review of the case, and based on the evidence we intend to ask the Grand Jury for an indictment of murder against Aaron Dean," the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office said in a statement. "We will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law."

    Dean, who is white, fatally shot the 28-year-old black woman through a bedroom window early Saturday.

    The district attorney's office said Friday that to ensure a fair trial, as the case proceeds, “our statements will be limited in keeping with the rules of ethics for Texas attorneys."

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    https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Ju...564171921.html

    A judge has issued a gag order in the murder trial of a white Fort Worth police officer who shot a black woman in her home.

    The order prohibits lawyers and others involved in Aaron Dean's trial from speaking publicly about specifics of the case.

    Jefferson's death drew national attention. Judge David Hagerman wrote that the gag order is "necessary in order to prevent imminent and irreparable harm to the judicial process."

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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/09/us/at...ies/index.html

    Atatiana Jefferson's father dies weeks after his daughter was killed by a police officer

    Marquis A. Jefferson, the father of Atatiana Jefferson, died Saturday at age 59.

    Marquis Jefferson suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to a hospital in Dallas on Friday night, family spokesman Bruce Carter said. His death comes less than a month after his daughter was fatally shot by a police officer in her home in Fort Worth, Texas. Atatiana Jefferson was his only child.

    "He ultimately just succumbed to, I don't know, I can only say a broken heart," Carter said. "He just never recovered from the grieving process."

    On October 18, a Dallas County judge granted Marquis Jefferson a temporary restraining order, giving him full authority to make arrangements for his daughter's funeral and burial.

    "He was battling to be a part of her life to the end," Carter said. "I think it just got the best of him."

    The father had sought the restraining order so he could be included in the arrangements but had a good relationship with his daughter's mother and siblings, Carter told CNN last month.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/20/us/at...ted/index.html

    A Texas grand jury has indicted a former Fort Worth police officer who two months ago fired through the window of a home, killing Atatiana Jefferson.

    Early on October 12, Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her nephew when Officer Aaron Dean and another officer arrived at her home.

    A concerned neighbor had put out a call to the non-emergency police number after noticing the home's exterior doors were open at that late hour. As officers walked around the house in the dark, Jefferson heard a noise in the back yard, pulled out a gun from her purse and pointed it at the window, police said.

    Dean yelled "Put your hands up! Show me your hands!" before he fired through the window, killing her, body camera footage showed. Neither of the officers identified themselves as police.

    Attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents the Jefferson family, tweeted: "Atatiana's family is (relieved) but remain cautious that a conviction and appropriate sentence is still a long way away. Keep pushing."

    Dean, 34, resigned from the force and was charged with murder, the charge on which he was indicted.

    Dean's attorney, Jim Lane, told CNN in October the former officer is remorseful.

    "My client is sorry and his family is in shock," Lane said at the time.

    In the days following the shooting, the former officer declined to speak with investigators, an October arrest warrant states, and his attorneys had told police he'd provide a written statement at a later date.

    Jefferson graduated from Louisiana's Xavier University in 2014 with a degree in biology and worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales. She had just moved back to the home to care for her ailing mother.

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    https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/09/us/yo...son/index.html

    Yolanda Carr sobbed from her hospital bed after a Texas grand jury indicted a former Fort Worth police officer who shot her daughter, Atatiana Jefferson, in her home.

    "Thank you, Jesus. Even though I know we have a long way to go, at least we got the charge on him," Carr said to CNN affiliate KTVT about the man charged with killing her 28-year-old daughter and caretaker. "One step at a time, I guess."

    Nearly three weeks later, Carr died Thursday at her Fort Worth home, civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt said in a statement on behalf of the family.

    Fort Worth responded to a medical call at Carr's home around 11 a.m, police Sgt. Chris Daniels told CNN. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner will determine Carr's cause and manner of death, Daniels said. There is no indication of foul play, he said.

    Carr had recently become ill, Merritt said in a tweet. The statement did not give her cause of death or age.

    "Police brutality impacts entire families, communities and generations. There is no doubt Ms. Carr's recovery was complicated by the tragedy of her daughter's death and the difficulty associated with the ongoing fight for justice. We will continue the fight in her honor," Merritt said in the statement.

    Carr's death is the third in the Jefferson family in nearly four months.

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    The Texas police officer charged with fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson through her bedroom window last year is due to start his murder trial next August, a judge ruled Tuesday.

    Ex-Fort Worth officer Aaron Dean “needs to be tried next year,” the judge said in setting the tentative date despite widespread uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

    Dean, who is white, resigned from the force shortly before he was charged with murdering Jefferson, a Black woman, while responding to a neighbor’s non-emergency call reporting a door ajar at the residence Oct. 12, 2019.

    The deadly use of force sparked widespread outrage and calls for police accountability.

    Bodycam footage revealed Dean crept quietly into the home’s backyard and never identified himself as he shined a bright flashlight into the bedroom, shouted, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” and almost instantaneously fired the single deadly shot.

    "Nobody looked at this video and said that there was any doubt that this officer acted inappropriately,” interim Police Chief Ed Kraus said last year. “I cannot make sense of why she had to lose her life.”

    Jefferson, 28, had been playing video games with her nephew seconds before she was killed, according to the family’s attorney.

    The bodycam video included images of a gun found inside the bedroom, but Kraus said that detail didn’t excuse Dean’s actions.

    “We’re homeowners in Texas,” the chief said. “Most of us, if we thought we had somebody outside our house that shouldn’t be and we had access to a firearm, we would be acting very similarly to how she was acting.”

    Mayor Betsy Price called the gun in the bedroom “irrelevant.”

    “Atatiana was in her own home, caring for her 8-year-old nephew,” Price said. “She was a victim.”

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    I'm glad that they're sticking to this. Flat out murder.
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