The Fort Worth, Texas cop who shot Atatiana Jefferson in her personal household has resigned from the police force. Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus identified the cop as Officer Aaron Dean at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Kraus announced Dean’s resignation, saying he intended to fire the rookie cop for violating use-of-force policy and “unprofessional conduct.”
“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for numerous policies, such as our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct,” Kraus stated.
Civic leaders praised the Fort Worth Police Division for its fast action and transparency in the wrongful death case.
Dean, who joined the division in April 2018, nonetheless faces criminal charges as properly as doable civil rights violations, Kraus stated, according to NBC News.
Jefferson, 28, was gunned down by Dean as she peered out her bedroom window just after hearing what she believed was a prowler in her yard early Saturday.
Dean shot Jefferson by means of her bedroom window since he “perceived a threat.” Police did not clarify the threat.
Physique cam video footage showed Dean and yet another officer circling Jefferson’s household just after responding to a non-emergency welfare verify contact.
Jefferson’s eight-year-old nephew was in Jefferson’s bedroom playing a video game when they believed they heard a prowler in the backyard, stated the family’s lawyer S. Lee Merritt.
“They looked at every single other and listened far more intently when they heard it once again,” Merritt stated in a social media post. “Somebody was outdoors.”
Merritt stated the nephew described how his aunt went to the window to see who was there.
“All of a sudden a man’s voice was screaming a thing he could not make out, and then ‘bang,'” Merritt stated. Jefferson fell to the floor. Merritt stated he did not ask the kid what he saw subsequent since he did not want him “to have to relive that” moment.
Legal professionals say the rookie cop did not give Jefferson adequate time to react to his orders just before he shot her by means of the bedroom window.
Twitter activist Shaun King accused Fort Worth police of providing the killer cop unique remedy.
“We’ve been told that the @FortWorthPD has been deliberately hiding the name of the officer who murdered #AtatianaJefferson so that he can wipe all of his social media clean,” King tweeted on Sunday. “Not a single single justifiable purpose exists for hiding his identity.”
Not a single single justifiable purpose exists for hiding his identity.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 14, 2019