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The members of the community to call for change at the Fort Worth police department after an officer is charged with murder; Casey stegall reports from dallas, Texas.
A former Fort Worth police officer, was indicted on a murder charge Friday in October in the death of 28-year-old Atatiana Make.
Aaron Dean, 34, was one of several officers who responded to Jefferson’s home on Oct. 12 after police were called to a welfare check on a neighbor saw the Jefferson’s door in the middle of the night.
Responding officers searched the perimeter of the house, and there was a person in the vicinity of the window, the police said. When he got to the back, Dean, “can be seen as a threat,” and “drew his weapon and fired one shot, hitting the person in the house,” the Fort Worth Police department said in a statement.
Dean, hit high standards with a single shot that killed her, Fox 4 reported. She was playing with her 8-year-old cousin at the time.
In this undated photo from the Jefferson’s family appears to be Atatiana Make. (The Jefferson family via AP)
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After a Tarrant County grand jury indicted Dean on Friday, a lawyer for Jefferson’s family, and S. Lee Merritt, said she is “relieved” by the news, but we’ll have to see it by way of a vigorous prosecution and appropriate sentencing.”
The family is “cautiously optimistic that, with a conviction and an appropriate penalty will be coming out in the not too distant future,” Merritt said in a statement. “This is a great first step on the long road to justice for this family.”
Dean was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation. He resigned Oct. 14, and was later charged with the murder. He was released on $ 200,000 bail. Dean has been with the department since the beginning of April 2018.
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The department had released the bodycam footage of the incident, “is to create a clear, relevant and accurate information to the public, if we are to be allowed within the limits of the study, said that in the course of time. All videos in the home that can not be dealt with by the laws of the member states.
A neighbor, who called 911 about the open door, told Fox 4 in October, and that the police do not know who they were, or knock on the door, looking in from the outside of the house.
“When I told a non-emergency call, I don’t have to tell you that it was a break-in. I have to say that it was to be a fight. I have to say has nothing to do with a gun. All they had to do was ring the bell,” James Smith said.
“They did not park in the front and they parked it on the side. They are sent to SRT, which is the special response team. They did not have a plainclothes officer knocking on the door,” as an activist, and a pastor Kyev Tatum told Fox 4.
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Out of the nine officer-involved shootings so far this year in the Fort Worth area, five are targeted for African-Americans, and six resulted in fatalities, according to department data.
Nearly two-thirds of the department’s 1,100 officers were white, and just a little more than 20 percent of Latinos and about 10 percent are black. The city is approximately 40 percent white, 35 percent Hispanic and 19 percent black.
The October incident came less than two weeks after a white former Dallas police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting and killing black neighbor, in his apartment. Amber Guyger, said during her trial that she saw Botham Jean’s apartment to her own, which is a level below Him. Guyger, 31, was convicted of the murder of Jean in September 2018, with the death.
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Fox News’ Frank, Miles, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.