Oct 14, 2019

Fort Worth officer responsible for Atatiana Jefferson shooting resigns

Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean, who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, in her own home on Saturday morning, resigned Monday just hours before Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus planned to terminate his employment, NBC reports.

Background: Dean had been responding to a neighbor's call that stated Jefferson's front door was ajar. Jefferson was inside playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when 2 officers went into her backyard. Body camera footage shows Dean shouted at Jefferson through a window to put her hands up without identifying himself as an officer. He proceeded to open fire through the window, killing Jefferson in one shot.

  • At the time, the Fort Worth Police Department said that "officers saw someone near a window inside the home and that one of them drew his duty weapon and fired after 'perceiving a threat,'" per AP.
  • The Jefferson family is demanding an outside investigation into her death and had been calling for Dean's termination.
  • Dean had already been placed on administrative leave.

Between the lines: The shooting came just a short time after the sentencing of Amber Guyger, an off-duty police officer who fatally shot Botham Jean, an unarmed black man, when she entered his apartment that she believed was her own.

  • The Guyger case has reinvigorated the debate over intrinsic bias and dynamics between police and unarmed black individuals, brought to national prominence by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Fort Worth police officer who shot Atatiana Jefferson charged with murder

Fort Worth, Texas, police officer Aaron Dean, who shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, in her home, was charged with murder Monday, the Fort Worth Police confirmed. Dean had resigned from his job hours earlier.

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Fort Worth Police chief: Atatiana Jefferson having gun "makes sense"

Interim Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus said it "makes sense" that Atatiana Jefferson would have a gun if she felt endangered by a stranger wandering in her backyard, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Why it matters: A witness account from her 8-year-old nephew and footage from Officer Aaron Dean's body camera indicate Jefferson, who had a license to carry, did nothing wrong before Dean allegedly killed her.

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Hong Kong protester shot by police, video shows

Hong Kong police cordon off the site where officers shot at protesters. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

A Hong Kong protester was shot by police who opened fire on demonstrators during clashes in the city at the start of Monday's rush hour, local media report. A hospital spokesman told the BBC the 21-year-old man had surgery and was in a critical condition.

Why it matters: The shooting occurred as demonstrators "blocked roads and scuffled with riot police officers," some of whom fired tear gas during a general strike across the city, per the New York Times. While there have been clashes between police and protesters for the past 24 weekends, it's unusual for it to happen on a working day.

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