Family Demands Justice After Police Killing of Atatiana Jefferson

Headline Roundup October 14th, 2019

A Fort Worth, Texas police officer allegedly shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson in her Fort Worth home Saturday. The 28-year-old Jefferson was reportedly playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when she was fatally shot by officer Aaron Dean. Jefferson, who was black, was a pharmaceutical equipment salesperson who was considering going to medical school. Protests broke out in Dallas Sunday as Jefferson became the latest example of deadly police brutality against black people. Dean was reportedly responding to a welfare check, and his reasons for firing on Jefferson are unclear; interim Police Chief Ed Kraus announced Dean's resignation Monday.

Right-leaning sources and left-leaning sources reported similarly, with left-leaning sources detailing Jefferson's life and career aspirations more consistently.

Family Demands Justice After Police Killing of Atatiana Jefferson

From the Center
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The family of a 28-year-old black woman who was shot and killed by a white police officer in her Fort Worth home as she played video games with her nephew expressed outrage Monday that the officer has not been arrested or fired.

The Fort Worth Police Department said officers responded about 2:25 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor called a non-emergency line to report the home's front door had been left open. The responding officer fired a shot through a window, killing Atatiana Jefferson.

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From the Left
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The 8-year-old nephew of Atatiana “Tay” Jefferson, the Black woman fatally shot in her own home by a Texas police officer Saturday, witnessed the killing, an attorney for Jefferson’s family told HuffPost.

Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing Jefferson’s family, said the boy will begin counseling Monday in the wake of his beloved aunt’s death.

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From the Right
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her Texas home while responding to a neighbor’s call about an open front door “didn’t have time to perceive a threat” before he opened fire, an attorney for the woman’s family said.
“You didn’t hear the officer shout, ‘Gun, gun, gun,’” attorney Lee Merritt said after viewing video taken from a Fort Worth officer’s bodycam during Saturday’s shooting of Atatiana Jefferson, 28. “He didn’t have time to perceive a threat. That’s murder.”

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