Some might call this too little, too late. However, the Fort Worth Police Department is making changes after the shooting of Atatiana Jefferson. Oct. 12, the 28-year-old was shot and killed by former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean.
Mayor Betsy Price is blaming Jefferson’s killing on a “rookie” mistake. Dean was only on the force for 18 months. “One thing I do have concerns about, and Chief Kraus is already addressing it, is the pairing of two rookies together, particularly on a late-night shift,” the mayor stated. She claims that is “quickly being undone.”
There have been calls for her to step down, which she responded with, “I think that everybody’s entitled to their own opinion,” Price said. See the interview below:
Since June of this year, Fort Worth police have fatally six people, four of them being Black. It sounds like the Fort Worth Police Department need to do more than not pair rookies together. There have been plenty of police shootings that happened by officers who weren’t rookies.
On early Saturday morning, Oct. 12, an officer responded because a concerned neighbor requested a wellness check. Atatiana Jefferson died about 2:30 a.m. local time, after an officer killed her in her own home by shooting his gun through a window. Jefferson was reportedly playing video games with her nephew.
Bodycam footage showed that Jefferson was shot within four seconds of the officer arriving.
The neighbor who called the non-emergency police number in Fort Worth said he only reached out to police because he found it curious that her lights were on and her door was open at such a late hour. James Smith said he was concerned because he said he knew Jefferson’s young nephew was there with her. But now, Smith said he regretted contacting law enforcement about Jefferson, who he called his friend.
Dean was arrested and charged with murder, but not before he was allowed to resign from the police force. He was released on bond after spending fewer than four hours in jail.