Atatiana Jefferson: Ex-police officer indicted on murder­ charges

Atatiana Jefferson
Atatiana Jefferson

source: Dallas Weekly
published: 15 January 2020

As we enter into a new year, it’s impor­tant that we do not forget the December 20th indictment and pending trial of Aaron Dean, a former Forth Worth, Texas police officer, on murder charges in the shoot­ing death of Atatiana Jefferson, an African American woman and Xavier University graduate.

Atatiana was fatally shot by Dean on October 12 while in her home and playing video games with her young nephew. Her violent death deserves justice. If convicted, Dean could face a life sentence for his crime.

Jefferson, 28, and her 8-year-old nephew were inside the home late at night when a neighbor noticed a door ajar and called a non-emergency number to ask the police to perform a welfare check.

Dean, 35, and a partner arrived at Jef­ferson’s home, startling the aspiring doctor and her nephew. When Jefferson peaked through the window to see what was caus­ing the commotion outside of her house, Dean opened fire.

The officer resigned from the depart­ment within hours of the shooting and was arrested on murder charges two days later.

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