That’s right you read that right he had resigned and he has formally been charged with murder.
Fort Worth officer who shot and killed a black woman through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door was charged with murder on Monday after resigning from the force. Aaron Dean, who is 34 years old was booked into jail on a murder charge Monday afternoon. The police chief said earlier in the day that he acted without justification and would have been fired if he had not quit. Police body cam video shows Dean approaching the door of the home where ATatiana Jefferson who was 28 years old and caring for her 8 year old nephew early Saturday. He then walked around the side of the house, pushed through a gate into the fenced off backyard and fired through a glass window a split-second after shouting at Jefferson to show her hands.
Dean was not heard identifying himself as police on the video and interim police chief Ed Kraus said there was no sign Dean or the other officer who responded even knocked on the front door.
Interim police chief is quoted as saying nobody looked at this video and said that there is any doubt that this officer acted inappropriately.
Earlier in the day Jeffersons family had demanded that Dean, a member of the force for one and a half years be fired and arrested.
The family is quoted as stating, why is this man not in handcuffs and it is a complete source of continued agitation for this family and for this community, family attorney Lee Merritt said hours before Aaron York Dean was booked into jail.
Police went to Jefferson’s home about 2:25 a.m. after a neighbor called a non-emergency line to report a door ajar. In a statement over the weekend, the department said officers saw someone near a window inside the home and that one of them drew his gun and fired after a “perceived threat”.
The video shows the officer shouting “put your hands up! show me your hands!” and immediately firing. He never even gave her the chance to respond.
Jefferson was staying up late playing video games with her nephew when she was killed according to the family’s attorney.
As for what exactly led the officer to open fire the police chief said I cannot make sense of why she had to lose for life. The chief set officer Aaron Dean resigned without talking to internal affairs investigators.
And I personally feel he didn’t talk to anyone because he knew he was dead wrong. And perhaps he said to himself one less Nigger. Does he look remotely remorseful?
The police chief states that we are homeowners in Texas and he said most of us, if we thought we had somebody outside of our house that shouldn’t be and we had access to a firearm we would be acting very similarly to how she was acting. Kraus said that in hindsight releasing the images of the weapon that was found inside of ATatiana Jeffersons house was a bad thing to do, and I could not agree with him more. Releasing the photo of the weapon that she had in her house was completely irrelevant and irresponsible. Whether you are a renter or a homeowner as long as you are not a convicted felon you have every right to have a gun. YOU have a right to defend yourself. And that is a given right inside of your domicile.
ATatiana Jefferson was in her own home caring for her nephew. SHE WAS A VICTIM.
TEXAS HAS HAD A CASTLE DOCTRINE LAW ON THE BOOKS SINCE 2007 THAT GIVES PEOPLE A STRONGER LEGAL DEFENSE TO USE DEADLY FORCE IN THEIR HOMES. THE LONG WAS BACKED AT THE TIME BY THE NRA AND IS SIMILAR TO STAND-YOUR-GROUND MEASURES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES THAT SAYS A PERSON HAS NO DUTY TO RETREAT FROM AN INTRUDER.
THE POLICE CHIEF SAID THAT DEAN COULD FACE STATE CHARGES AND THAT HE HAD SUBMITTED A CASE TO THE FBI TO REVIEW FOR POSSIBLE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGES.
Dean has not yet hired an attorney but will have one provided with financial support from the state’s largest police Union, The Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas according to Charley Wilkison executive director.
Relations with the public have been strained over the recent Fort Worth police shootings. In June, the department released footage of officers killing a man who ignored repeated orders to drop his handgun. He was the fourth person Fort Worth Police had fired upon in 10 days. Of the nine officer-involved shootings so far this year at Fort Worth, five were targeting African-Americans and six resulted in death according to the department data.
Nearly two-thirds of the Department’s 1,100 officers are white. JUST over 20% are Hispanic, and about 10% are Black. The city of nearly 900,000 people is about 40% white 35% hispanic and 19% black.
ATatiana Jefferson was a 2014 graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. She was working in pharmaceutical equipment sales and was considering going to medical school according to the family’s lawyer.