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Texas police officer shoots woman to death inside her home
What part of Texas and I am not ready to give up on you guys yet
A Fort Worth police officer shot and killed a 28-year-old woman inside her home early Saturday morning by shooting her from outside the house through a window, police said.
The shooting happened about 2:20 a.m. in the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue.
The Tarrant County medical examiner identified the woman as Atatiana Koquice Jefferson.
Relatives said she was watching a nephew at the house.
Venitta Body, an aunt, said Jefferson was a college graduate with a good job.
"She would never have been a threat to anyone. This is why this is so hard to conceive," Body said.
Officers responded to a call from witness James Smith about the home's doors being left open with lights on.
Smith said he used a non-emergency number and not 911 for the call because it was only a welfare check and not an emergency.
"There was no reason for her to be dead, because there was nothing violent going on. There was no distress at this particular property. They had no reason to come here with guns drawn," Smith said.
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This is exactly why I pack onside my house. Some call me paranoid but I call myself prepared.
Because the cops will come murder you?
America is fucked
Texas gon Texas
He just yells and shoots. I'm in my house, hanging out, some mofo comes up with a flashlight yelling at me I'm going to be confused long before I can figure out what's actually happening.
Yep. She had no chance to say or do anything except get killed. He just yelled and shot within a split second while creeping up to her window with a flashlight.
And here I thought your home was your castle.
If cops got the death penalty for shit likes this, they wouldn't do shit like this. Madness is how the system punishes them so leniently when it should be the other way around.
amber guyer was getting hugs from the judge that shit was abhorrent.
Why is the judge in a murder trial with national coverage wearing flip-flops?
He's going to get shot clapping like that
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that witness james smith better go on the run... he's gonna have a gang gunning for him
Qualified Immunity, in practice, is a perversion of justice.
it's kind of amusing, the way we pretend that the Judge, Prosecutor, and Police aren't all on the same team in a criminal trial.
All for a door left open?
2 units were on the scene. Send one to the back to prevent an escape if there is a burglary going on, then have the other unit knock on the door and announce that they are the police.
If I see a couple dudes creeping around my yard with flashlights you better fucking believe I'm grabbing my gun. LOL @ the cops showing a freeze frame of a weapon inside the house as if that somehow justifies their actions.
Their statement on this should be "We had a couple units respond to a possible burglary and they didn't follow established procedure. Because of that a civilian is dead. The incident is under criminal investigation."
Texas Woman Was Playing Video Game With Her Nephew When Shot by Police
FORT WORTH — Minutes before she was shot and killed by a Fort Worth police officer, Atatiana K. Jefferson was playing video games in her bedroom with her 8-year-old nephew, a lawyer for her family said Sunday.
Ms. Jefferson, 28, was proud of being the “cool auntie” to her siblings’ children, and had stayed up into the wee hours of Saturday morning with her nephew, Xbox controllers in their hands, according to S. Lee Merritt, the family’s lawyer. But the pair grew concerned around 2:25 a.m., he said, when they heard rustling outside the house and saw flashlights.
ImageAtatiana K. Jefferson
Atatiana K. Jefferson
A neighbor had called the police after seeing Ms. Jefferson’s front and side doors ajar, a call he later said he regretted making. The responding officers quietly crept around the dark house, where Ms. Jefferson lived with her mother.
After unlatching a fence door and walking into the back yard, a white male officer saw Ms. Jefferson, who is black, through her bedroom window. He shouted for her to put her hands up and immediately fired a single shot through the glass, according to body camera footage released by the department. The officers do not identify themselves as police in the video.
Ms. Jefferson’s nephew was still in the bedroom when she was killed, Mr. Merritt said.
The killing of a young woman in her own home devastated Fort Worth leaders and residents, who on Sunday said they were still struggling to make sense of the chain of events. Many drew parallels between Ms. Jefferson’s death and the killing of Botham Jean, a black accountant who was shot to death by a white off-duty police officer in his Dallas apartment last year. The officer in that case, Amber Guyger, was fired, and on Oct. 1 was convicted of murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Ms. Jefferson’s mother had followed Ms. Guyger’s trial closely and had seen Mr. Merritt on television representing the families of Mr. Jean and a witness, the lawyer said.
The Police Department has not named the officer, but said in a statement that he had perceived “a threat,” although a spokesman declined to elaborate. The officer had been with the department since April 2018 and has now been placed on administrative leave.
Officers tried to provide medical care, but Ms. Jefferson was pronounced dead by 3:05 a.m., according to the Tarrant County medical examiner. Police said they had found a gun in the room — not the one the officer used — but have declined to answer further questions.
“Law enforcement has not said that she wielded a weapon,” Mr. Merritt said, adding that she owned a gun legally. “Also, it wouldn’t matter, because that’s her home.”
Kelly Allen Gray, a city councilwoman who represents the neighborhood where Ms. Jefferson was killed, said it did not make sense that a neighbor’s concern could lead to a woman’s death.
“I’m still struggling with the fact that a neighbor called, concerned about a neighbor, and this is the result that came from that care and concern,” said Ms. Allen Gray, who has lived in Fort Worth her entire life. “That cannot be the end of stories of people who care about each other. This cannot be the ending.”
James Smith, the neighbor who made the call to the police, told local news media that he had first checked on Ms. Jefferson’s house himself after his niece told him that the house’s doors were open. Seeing the lights on and hearing nothing inside, he called a nonemergency police number to have officers make sure everyone was safe.
ImageBody camera footage showed a police officer in Fort Worth firing into a woman’s home from the outside on Saturday.
Body camera footage showed a police officer in Fort Worth firing into a woman’s home from the outside on Saturday.CreditFort Worth Police Department
Dana Williams, Mr. Smith’s niece, said her uncle was shaken and too distraught to talk to reporters. He was particularly upset, she said, that the police had parked on an adjacent street, rather than pulling up in front of Ms. Jefferson’s house or into her driveway.
Ms. Williams said her uncle told his family that he had never told the police that he suspected a burglary was taking place. “Why did they have to go in like that?” he keeps asking, Ms. Smith said.
The killing comes amid existing tensions between citizens and the Fort Worth Police Department, whose officers have shot seven men since June, all but one of whom died. The current police chief, Ed Kraus, took over in May after the city manager fired the previous police chief after months of friction with city administrators over his management of the department.
Manny Ramirez, president of the Fort Worth Police Officers Association, said the officer who had killed Ms. Jefferson had never been the subject of an investigation and was “very shaken up” by what had happened, as were other officers in Fort Worth’s 1,700-person Police Department.
Officer Ramirez described the shooting as a “tragic mistake” and said officers were mourning the loss of Ms. Jefferson, who he noted had “every right to have a firearm in that house.”
Ms. Jefferson graduated in 2014 from Xavier University of Louisiana, the country’s only black Catholic college, with a degree in biology. She was working from home, selling pharmaceutical equipment, as she studied to apply to medical school.
Mr. Merritt said Ms. Jefferson’s family wanted the officer who shot her to be fired and for another agency, perhaps the sheriff’s department, to launch a criminal investigation into the killing and make a referral to local prosecutors.
“This is a family that is grappling with extreme tragedy,” Mr. Merritt said.
He added that he had spoken with Ms. Jefferson’s nephew, who described the night up until the point when his aunt had approached the window.
“I stopped him there,” Mr. Merritt said.
The street now at the center of the latest policing controversy is a quiet road in a working-class neighborhood made up mostly of black and Latino residents.
On Sunday, flowers and a teddy bear had been placed on the walkway leading up to Ms. Jefferson’s light-blue home, which is one of the newer houses on the block.
The house sits next to a mosque, where on Sunday morning, James D. Muhammed was trimming the lawn. When he was finished, he crossed over onto Ms. Jefferson’s lawn and trimmed hers, too.