In the early morning of Saturday, October 12th, a Fort Worth police officer shot and killed Atatiana Koquice Jefferson. Mrs. Jefferson and her adolescent nephew were playing in the backyard of her Texas home when a neighbor phoned the Fort Worth Police Department’s non-emergency line to request a wellness check on Jefferson’s home after noticing the front door open for some time so late at night.
The bodycam footage released by the department shows multiple officers approaching Jefferson’s household with flashlights in hand. Not once did any of the police officers announce their presence. A scared Jefferson approached the window trying to discern who was on her property with flashlights at 2:30 a.m. Noticing a figure in the window, the officer drew his service pistol and said: “Show me your hands!” Before he could get the word “hands” out of his mouth he fatally shot Jefferson while her nephew sat close by.
For a thorough and honest breakdown of all police shootings including this brutal execution, I strongly recommend the YouTube channel “DonutOperator”. He is a former police officer and SWAT operative that spends his time running a skate shop and breaking down police shootings.
Another example of a black victim killed by a white cop, this story garnered national media attention with many of the Democratic Presidential candidates lamenting this tragedy and commentators like Shaun King rightfully calling it murder.
The Fort Worth Police Department released a statement saying that a gun was found in the house after the shooting. The Root reported that the gun was found in the bedroom, nowhere near where Mrs. Jefferson was standing at the time of the shooting. Even if she had a gun in her hands, pointed at the officer, she would’ve been doing the right thing. She was playing with her young nephew, heard a bump in the night, and saw silhouettes of men with flashlights in her yard who have not announced they’re cops. Who wouldn’t grab a firearm if available? She didn’t even have time to move away from the window before the officer gunned her down.
Historically, such shootings have been a very divisive subject. The left jumps on the cops and lambasts the “racists” who defend them while the right remains skeptical until the facts emerge. Honest observers of every shooting recognize that every situation is different and that some cops make fatal mistakes (e.g. Philando Castile, Daniel Shaver, etc.). The healthiest position to take on any police shooting is one of hope for justice, no matter who is due said justice. However, in positive news, it seems everyone, left and right, is united in recognizing the glaring mistake these officers made.
The officer who killed Atatiana Koquice Jefferson has since resigned and will likely face civil and potentially criminal charges. Justice for Mrs. Jefferson will surely be served, and while no amount of penal or financial recuperation will bring her back, her family can grieve easier knowing her death was avenged. Furthermore, we should hope that police departments across the nation use this video to train future officers to not make the same mistakes.
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