A white policeman who shotin her Texas home while playing video games with her nephew resigned on Monday when the family called the woman to dismiss him and prosecuted. Fort Worth police said the officials responded at around 02:25 on Saturday after a neighbor called a non-emergency line to report that the front door of the house had been left open. The answering officer fired a shot through a window and killed Atatiana Jefferson.
Fort Worth police said in a statement that officers saw someone standing near a window in the house, and one of them pulled his service weapon and fired after seeing "a threat." "The video released by the police shows two officers searching the house with flashlights from the outside before one shouts," Lift your hands, show me your hands. "A shot is then fired through a window.
In the video the officer does not identify himself as a police officer.
At a press conference, Fort Worth police chief Edwin Kraus said he intends to dismiss the officer on Monday, violating the department's force use and de-escalation policy. Officers whom he identified as Aaron Dean announced his resignation, Kraus said there were double investigations underway to detect violations of the policy and possible criminal charges.
He also said the case had been submitted to the FBI determine whether a federal investigation into possible violations of civil liberties is warranted Kraus apologized for d He said he could not understand why Jefferson had to lose her life.
"On behalf of the men and women of the Fort Worth Police Department, I'm feeling so sorry," Kraus said.
Dean was hired by the department in 201
"Nobody looked at this video and said that there were doubts about this officer inappropriately acted," said Kraus. "I understand, we try to train our officers better, we try to support our policies and ensure that they act and respond as citizens intend – that they act and respond with the heart of a servant, rather than a warrior heart.
An independent police officer and a third-party expert group are called in to investigate the police department, an action that was carried out before Jefferson's death, according to the city manager.
Jefferson's family spoke at an earlier press conference demanding justice for the woman killed.
"Why this man is not handcuffed is another cause of excitement for this family and for this community," family lawyer Lee Merritt said at the Dallas press conference.
"We're not looking for a slap," said community activist Cory Hughes demanded that he be charged like the criminal he is.
Jefferson's sister Ashley Carr said Jefferson had been killed by a "ruthless act," and there was no justification for the official's actions, calling for an outside authority to investigate the death.
"You had a life in her house where no one would have expected her life to be in danger, especially by an officer who has captured an oath to serve and protect, "said Carr. [Jefferson was in the house] She was helped by her mother because her mother was in poor health and had recently been hospitalized, and she often helped care for her young nephews, including 8-year-old Zion Merritt said Jefferson had stayed awake for a long time playing the boy's video games and "lost track of time" when they heard the sounds outside their bedroom window.
The police said the officers had theirs parked vehicles not parked in front of the house, but parked nearby and were run to the house. Merritt said the police walked past two open doors and never answered, but "grazed and whispered" outside.
According to Merritt, the child said that his aunt would not let him go to the window to investigate, but instead would go himself. Then he saw her fall to the ground.
"I wonder what would have happened if this little boy had walked to the window instead of his aunt," Merritt said.
A single bullet hole was visible in the window from the one-story, freshly painted purple home and flower tributes and stuffed animals on the street outside.
Fort Worth is located about 30 miles west of Dallas, where another high-profile police shoot took place last year. In this case, white Dallas policeman Amber Guyger fatally shot her black neighbor Botham Jean in his own apartment after Guyger said she was mistaking her own. Guyger, 31,
According to a demographic report from the Fort Worth Police Department, nearly two-thirds of the 1,100 officials were white on June 30, just over 20% were of Spanish or Latin American descent and about 10% were black.
The Fort Worth Police Officers Association issued a statement on Sunday calling for a "thorough and transparent investigation" of the shootings. "Residence" could not be distributed due to state laws.
The Bodycam video contained blurry frames showing a gun in the house. It is unclear whether the weapon was found near Jefferson, and the police did not say that the policeman who shot them thought they had a gun in their hands. Merritt beat the police for handing over the image, which he said belonged to Jefferson, who had a covert carry-on permission.
On Monday, the mayor of Fort Worth, Betsy Price, called the weapon "irrelevant."
"A weapon is irrelevant – Atatiana was in her own home looking after her 8-year-old nephew," Price said. "She was a victim and she was taken from her family under circumstances that are really unthinkable."
Price also apologized to Jefferson's family and asked the community to support them.
Kraus said he regretted having published the picture of the weapon. He said the department had posted the photo to show that it was a "participating" weapon that was not supposed to be, and we had access to a firearm – we would not do that the way it was ,
Kraus could not say if the woman was holding the gun, he said it was right in the window.
A large crowd gathered in front of Jefferson's house on Sunday night for a vigil after earlier demonstrations of traffic on the Interstate
Jefferson graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans in 2014 and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University said Merritt told the Star Telegram that Jefferson was selling pharmaceutical equipment and was considering returning to medical school .