Oct 15, 2019

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.

The big picture: Dean and another officer had been responding on Saturday to a neighbor's call that said Jefferson's front door was open. Jefferson was inside playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.

  • Body camera footage shows that the officers went into Jefferson's backyard, Dean shouted at Jefferson through a window to put her hands up without identifying himself as police. He then shot through the window, killing Jefferson.
  • The Fort Worth Police Department said at the time 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.

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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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Pete Buttigieg returning donation from Chicago attorney tied to murder case

Mayor Pete at an event in Georgia. Photo: Paras Griffin/WireImage via Getty Images

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is refunding a $5,600 donation from a former Chicago attorney who tried to block the release of a video showing a police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Why it matters: The former city attorney, Steve Patton, was co-hosting a Buttigieg event, the Associated Press reported earlier today. After Axios reached out for comment, his campaign said Patton is no longer attending or co-hosting that event, which was scheduled for tonight, and he's refunding all donations previously received from Patton.

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