A white policeman in Fort Worth shot dead a black woman in her home early Saturday morning and shot through a bedroom window when he responded to a call for an open door in the residence. 19659003] Officers were sent to the Hillside Morningside neighborhood on Saturday at 2:25 am after they received a call in an "open structure", according to a statement from the Fort Worth Police Department. One neighbor told the Fort Worth Star telegram that he called a non-emergency number and requested social assistance when he noticed that the door was ajar and the lights were on.
While he was searching the exterior of the house, the police were looking for an officer to see someone standing near a window. "When the policeman realized a threat, he pulled his service weapon and shot at the person in the residence," the police said.
Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was declared dead by the police at the scene.
Body cameras released by the police on Saturday show two officers quietly walking around the house, peering through two screen doors and then down a driveway into a backyard.
An official approaches a closed space. Bottom window and lit a flashlight inside, then he quickly raises his weapon. He shouts. Seconds later he shoots through the window, he does not identify himself as an officer in the film footage.
Along with the video, the police released pictures of firearms officers they had at the scene The officers did not disclose the officer's name and described him only as a white man who has been in the division since April 2018 According to the department, he will be put on administrative leave until an investigation is pending.
The shootings take place at a certain point in time than relations between law enforcement agencies and black residents in the Dallas and Fort Worth regions following the recent lawsuit against Amber Guyger , a former white policewoman who shot her unarmed black neighbor Botham Jean in 2018, b already under pressure.
Earlier this month, a jury in Dallas Guyger condemned to murder for ten years in prison after an emotionally-charged trial that drew national attention for killing Jean, whom she shot after keeping his home for her own , Days after the conviction, Joshua Brown, an important witness in the case, was shot, which rumored rumors that he had been targeted for his testimony. The police attributed Brown's death to catastrophic drug trafficking and strongly denounced the Guyger case, but this did not suppress the concerns of some local officials and activists who demanded an independent investigation, the Washington Post reported.
] It is not yet clear if the officer who shot Jefferson is being prosecuted. The police announced that they will send body camera shots and other evidence from the scene to Tarrant County District Attorney.
Lee Merritt, a well-known civil rights lawyer in the Dallas area, said he represents Jefferson's family, the officer said, should never have opened the fire. Jefferson was at home with her 8-year-old nephew when she heard what she thought was a walker outside the bedroom window, Merritt wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. When Jefferson went to the window to see what was happening, he wrote, the officer shot her.
Merritt described Jefferson as a "beautiful peaceful woman" who had studied at Xavier University and had worked in sales of pharmaceutical equipment. He said her mother had recently fallen ill and Jefferson had taken care of the house in the hospital. "There was no reason for her to be murdered. None, "he said. "We have to have justice."
Merritt currently represents the families of Jean and Brown in Dallas.
Jefferson's neighbor, 62-year-old James Smith, said he called the police home early in the morning because he felt that it was unusual for the doors to be open and the light at that time of night was on. He told the Star Telegram that he knew that Jefferson and her nephew were home alone and wanted to make sure they were alright.
When officers arrived, they parked, as Smith said, around the corner and were not visible. Shortly thereafter, he heard the shot and watched as several police arrived, he told the Star Telegram.
"I am shaken. I'm pissed off. I am angry. And I feel it's partly my fault, "Smith said. "If I had never elected the police, she would still be alive."
There were a dozen female and only four black women. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price issued a statement on Saturday promising a "thorough and thorough" investigation of Jefferson's shots, CBS News reported. "Fort Worth must be Atatiana Jefferson's family with prayers, love and support surrounded. "