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Aaron Dean, Former Fort Worth Police Officer, Arrested & Charged in Atatiana Jefferson Murder

Monica Otayza
Oct 15, 2019
08:42 A.M.
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The former Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson in her own home on Saturday morning was arrested and charged with murder on Monday.


News of Atatiana Jefferson's death was met with outrage and anger from all over America, especially since she was shot in her own home, through a window, by a former police officer.

Aaron Dean after being arrested by the Forth Worth Police for the murder of Atatiana Jefferson | Source: Twitter / @forthworthpd

Aaron Dean after being arrested by the Forth Worth Police for the murder of Atatiana Jefferson | Source: Twitter / @forthworthpd


The Tragic Incident

It turns out, one of their neighbors called a non-emergency line to request a check after he noticed that the lights were on and a front door was open in the home where Jefferson's elderly mother lived.

Atatiana moved into the home to take care of her mother, who was recently moved to the hospital. At the moment the police came, Jefferson was playing a video game with her eight-year-old nephew.

When she was asked to "put your hands up" and "show me your hands," the police officer did not wait and he fires through the window.


Aaron Dean's Arrest and Bail Posting

Following the incident, the officer, Aaron Dean, was arrested at around 6 PM and posted bail just 3 hours later on Monday. He was being held on a $200,000 bond.

The Jefferson family released a statement regarding his arrest, expressing how relieved they are that Atatiana was about to get the justice that she rightly deserves following his murder charge.

"The family of Atatiana Jefferson is relieved that Aaron Dean has been arrested & charged with murder."


Demanding Justice Over the Incident

Meanwhile, although he was finally charged with murder, Adarius Carr, Jefferson's brother, says that this charge is only the least of his worries as the family won't back down because of what he did.

Speaking to CNN, Carr said that being charged with murder is not enough.

"He did get what I wanted him to get, and this is only the start. There's no way this is enough. We know this is a good step in the direction where we want to go, but it's definitely not the end."


A Frequenting Case

Jefferson's case comes after that of Botham Jean, a black man who was shot in his own home by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

Guyger thought that Botham was a burglar who decided to watch TV in her home, shooting him after he wouldn't cooperate with her. It turns out, she got off on the wrong floor and Botham lived right below her.

She was sentenced to ten years in prison for the crime, and the Jean family chose to forgive rather than live in anger.

With such acts happening more than it definitely should, people are crying foul over how innocent black people are being killed because of race and on unfair circumstances.

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