Fort Worth, TX – Former police officer, Aaron Dean, has finally been identified & charged for the murder of Atatiana Jefferson!
Aaron Dean was responding to a non-emergency call from one of Atatiana Jefferson’s neighbors who was concerned about her door being ajar for hours. Instead of the ex-officer following normal procedures, and knocking on the victim’s door to assess the situation, he went around the perimeter of her apartment and shot her when he saw her through a window.
In heavily edited body camera video released by police, Dean can be seen pointing his weapon at the window and yelling “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” He does not identify himself as a police officer. Two seconds later, he fired through the window. When the victim was murdered, she was playing video games with her nephew.
Initially, Dean’s name was not disclosed. He was served a written administrative complaint Sunday, placed on detached duty and stripped of his badge and firearm, interim Police Chief Ed Kraus said. Dean resigned Monday.
“My intent was to meet with him today to terminate his employment with the Fort Worth Police Department. However, the officer tendered his resignation this morning before we met,” says Kraus.
“If Dean had not resigned, he would have been fired for several policy violations, including the department’s use of force and de-escalation policies, and unprofessional conduct.” ~ Police Chief Ed Kraus
Dean was arrested Monday, and he posted bail about three hours later ($200,000). It was not stated if he was actually arrested or he turned himself in, but personally, I do not think bail should have been set for this case because she was murdered in cold blood!
“I’m so sorry. On behalf of the entire city of Fort Worth, I’m sorry… To Atatiana’s family, it’s unacceptable. There is nothing that can justify what happened on Saturday morning. Nothing!” ~ Mayor Betsy Price
It it truly a tragedy there is another innocent black women gone by the hands of a police officer, somebody who is supposed to protect and serve! We need to take a serious look into our police departments. In my opinion, I do not think police officers should be allowed to police neighborhoods where they are not from (or they do not have experience dealing with the people living in the area). It makes absolutely no sense so many of these officers claim “they were in fear of their life” when they are the ones toting pistols, and usually have on a bullet proof vest.
Prayers to the family, and I truly hope Atatiana Jefferson gets the justice she deserves.