A white police officer whoat his Texas home while playing video games with his nephew resigned Monday amid calls from his wife's family to be fired and criminally charged. Fort Worth Police Department said officers responded at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday after a neighbor called an emergency line to report that the front door of the home was left open.
Fort Worth police said in a statement that officers saw a window near a home and one of them pulled out his firearm and fired after "perceiving a threat. "The video, released by police, shows two officers searching the home outside with flashlights before one shouts," Raise your hands, show me your hands. "Then a shot was fired through a window.
In the video, the officer did not
During a press conference Monday, Fort Worth Police Chief Edwin Kraus said he intended to fire an officer Monday for violations of force and de-escalation policies. stated that the officer whom he def Acts like Aaron Dean resigned, and Kraus said that there were double investigations into policy violations and possible criminal charges.
He also said the case was presented to the FBI to determine if the federal investigation into possible civil rights violations is justified.Kraus apologized for the woman's death and said he failed to understand why Jefferson had to lose his life.
"On behalf of the men and women of the Fort Worth Police Department, I'm sorry about that.
Dean was hired by the department in 201
"Nobody watched this video and said there was a doubt this employee did the wrong thing," Kraus said. "Understood. We are trying to better train our officers, we are trying to strengthen our policies, we are trying to ensure that they act and react the way citizens intend them to – to act and react with the heart of a servant, instead of the heart of a warrior. "
An independent police monitor and a third-party expert group are in the process of reviewing police, an effort that took place before Jefferson's death, according to the city governor.
The Jefferson family spoke at an earlier press conference demanding justice for the woman killed.
"Why this man is not in handcuffs is a source of continued agitation for this family and for this community," said family lawyer Lee Merritt at the time
"We are not looking for a slap on the wrist," said community activist Corey Hughes, "… We are demanding that he be charged as the criminal he is."
Jefferson's sister Ashley Carr said that Jefferson was killed by a "reckless act" and there was no excuse for the officer's actions. She called on an outside agency to investigate the death.
"She enjoyed living in a home where no one would expect her life to be harmed, especially not in the hands of a government official who took an oath to serve and protect," Carr said.
has moved into his mother's home since her mother was ill and recently hospitalized, the family said, often helping to care for her young nephews, including Zion, 8, Merritt said Jefferson was standing later playing video games with the boy and "lost track" when they heard noise outside the window
Police said officers did not park their marked vehicles in front of their home instead of parking nearby and walking to their home. Merritt said officers went through two open doors and never showed up instead.
According to Merrit, the child said that his aunt would not let him out the window to investigate instead of going alone. Then he saw her fall to the ground.
"I wonder what would happen if this little boy went to the window instead of his aunt," Merritt said.
In the window one could see a bullet hole from one-story, freshly painted purple home and floral stands and stuffed animals piled up outside.
Fort Worth is located about 30 miles west of Dallas, where another police shooting was made last year. In this case, a white Dallas police officer, Amber Geiger, fatally shot his black neighbor, Botham Gene, in his own apartment after Geiger said she had taken it for himself. Geiger, 31,
According to a demographic report published by the Fort Worth Police Department, nearly two-thirds of the 1,100 officers are white by June 30. Just over 20% are Hispanic or Latino, and about 10% are black.
The Fort Worth Police Officers Association issued a statement Sunday calling for an "in-depth and transparent investigation" of the shooting.
Fort Worth police said they released the footage with the television camera shortly after the transparency shooting, but that all "camera footage inside the residence" could not be disseminated due to state law.
Bodycam video includes blurry stills showing a gun inside a home. It is unclear if the firearm was found near Jefferson and police have not said the officer who shot her thought he was holding a gun. Merritt blasted the police department for releasing the image, which he claimed was legitimate possession of Jefferson, who had concealed carry permits.
He stated that the firearm was unrelated to Jefferson's death, and accused the department of trying to blame the victim by distribution.
Speaking on Monday, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price called the firearm "irrelevant."
"The gun doesn't matter. Atatyana was in her own home, taking care of her 8-year-old nephew," Price said. , "She was a victim. And she was taken from her family in circumstances that are truly unthinkable."
Price also apologized to the Jefferson family and urged the community to support them.
Kraus said that he now regretted the release of the image of the firearm. He said the department released the photo to show he had a weapon "involved."
"However, we are homeowners in the state of Texas. I can't imagine most of us if we thought we had someone outside our house that shouldn't be, and we had access to a firearm –
Kraus couldn't tell if the woman was holding the gun. He said he was right in the window.
A large crowd gathered outside Jefferson's home Sunday night. for vigilance after earlier demonstrations briefly stopped the movement of part of Interstate 35.  Jefferson graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans in 2014 and earned a bachelor's degree in biology, Merit told the Star-Telegram that Jefferson is working in pharmaceutical equipment sales and is considering returning to medical school.