Aaron Dean, Former Fort Worth Police Officer, Arrested & Charged in Atatiana Jefferson Murder
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.
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.
BREAKING: Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean has just been handcuffed, arrested and charged with the murder of #AtatianaJefferson.— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 15, 2019
This is a tiny measure of progress.
This arrest is not justice. It's a half-step toward it, but this county has so many wrongs to get right. pic.twitter.com/1y58VyWgi6
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."
JUST IN: Officer involved in fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson in her home has resigned, chief says, and still faces potential criminal charges.— ABC News (@ABC) October 14, 2019
"Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations of several policies." https://t.co/BDAdgoaZ8i pic.twitter.com/pPKvF5GnMl
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."
#AtatianaJefferson, 28.... Is yet another life added to the ever growing roster of Black lives senselessly taken for "living while Black". At home. Playing video games with her nephew. It cannot be excused. It cannot be prayed away... https://t.co/WChtUm95vv pic.twitter.com/GQwD4gzXdw— Viola Davis (@violadavis) October 14, 2019
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.
A Fort Worth police officer shot and killed Atatiana Koquice Jefferson in her home this morning.— Everytown (@Everytown) October 13, 2019
This shooting happened just two weeks after former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murdering Botham Jean in his home. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/8bgncI7JhT
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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