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Another Police Shooting (murder Of Atatiana Jefferson)

Southernbella.

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He was arrested and charged with murder, so we're about a third of the way to justice. At this point, we know better than to take this as any kind of win.

Aaron Dean, 34, was arrested by Fort Worth police on Monday afternoon. Online court records show the now-fired officer was booked into the Tarrant County jail and charged with murder. A bond has not been set.

The department officially announced the arrest in a tweet Monday afternoon. They said the Fort Worth Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus will have a press conference on Tuesday at an undetermined time.


https://www.fox5dc.com/news/fired-f...ged-with-murder.amp?__twitter_impression=true
 
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Kookookiwi

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Sidenote: I find it interesting that folks are always hollering about how nobody cares when bw are harmed and black folks care more about bm but here we are on a bw's board and there's hardly any traffic in this thread. There's a 30 page thread on that dusty bm forum but here, just 2 pages...
Do you think it being in the News Forum may play a part in the lack of responses? I feel like the whole forum has been getting less traffic for the last couple of years, and this one feels even emptier than most.

Anyway, this one hurts a lot. We’re around the same age, and I had an incident with the DFW police a couple of years ago (and I’m just as unlikely to have that sort of incident as Atatiana was). Sometimes it feels like we’ll never have peace here. A few years ago I was very active in my personal community and college on police brutality, but lately I’ve just been tired. I wish I could feel more hopeful that justice will be done.
 

winterinatl

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A black artist posted this tribute picture yesterday

This made me cry.

I have erected a steel wall around my heart so I can get through my days since Trayvon died. I barely watch the news. It makes me so emotional so I just disengage and help in the way I can.

But baby girl being killed while spending time with her nephew ...this is an overwhelming stress to bear every day. All of these brothers and sisters murdered.
 

Southernbella.

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Do you think it being in the News Forum may play a part in the lack of responses? I feel like the whole forum has been getting less traffic for the last couple of years, and this one feels even emptier than most.

Anyway, this one hurts a lot. We’re around the same age, and I had an incident with the DFW police a couple of years ago (and I’m just as unlikely to have that sort of incident as Atatiana was). Sometimes it feels like we’ll never have peace here. A few years ago I was very active in my personal community and college on police brutality, but lately I’ve just been tired. I wish I could feel more hopeful that justice will be done.

I don't think so. Botham Jean's threads got plenty of traffic. But I agree traffic is down all over the board.

I feel you about being tired. It's too much, and it feels like it's constant.
 

Kookookiwi

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I don't think so. Botham Jean's threads got plenty of traffic. But I agree traffic is down all over the board.

I feel you about being tired. It's too much, and it feels like it's constant.
You are so right. I don't know why I thought the trial thread was super old. It received all of that engagement in 3 weeks. That is an interesting observation..
 

SoniT

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This is such a sad story. Atatiana was a smart, beautiful woman who loved her family. I read an article on CNN that said that Atatiana had recently moved back to care for her ailing mother. She also took care of her sister's children including the 8 year old nephew who witnessed the shooting. She graduated from Xavier University. I didn't know her but she just sounded like an overall good person. This could have happened to any of us. Rest in peace Atatiana. :(
 

Ivonnovi

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I just wanted to share that Loni Love (from The Real) spoke out on this very issue right after the conclusion of the Botham trial.

She said something to the effect that we all:
[should all be alarmed at the idea that you could very well be at home minding your own business and the Police could [break-in &] shoot you to death].​
AND here it is less than one month later it has happened again.

I did a quick Youtube search but didn't find the clip.
 
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LivingInPeace

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Sidenote: I find it interesting that folks are always hollering about how nobody cares when bw are harmed and black folks care more about bm but here we are on a bw's board and there's hardly any traffic in this thread. There's a 30 page thread on that dusty bm forum but here, just 2 pages...
You’re right.
You know we’ve been programmed to put Black men’s stories ahead of our own. We reflexively defend Black men. Putting our interests as Black women first, takes a conscious effort.
 

oneastrocurlie

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Sidenote: I find it interesting that folks are always hollering about how nobody cares when bw are harmed and black folks care more about bm but here we are on a bw's board and there's hardly any traffic in this thread. There's a 30 page thread on that dusty bm forum but here, just 2 pages...

I think it's maybe a combination of it being in the news section, we tired and unhopeful, and waiting for a) more to unfold and b) the case to go trial.
 

kblc06

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This story makes me sick to my stomach. Why tf can't we just be allowed to live in peace. Male and female, ados or first generation immigrant, black people are all at risk of violent attacks. I truly believe that there has been substantial, coordinated efforts for white supremacist to infiltrate the military and law enforcement. Even the FBI has admitted it and the fact that nothing is being done about it leads me to the conclusion that they're also complicit :nono:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.pb...ion/fbi-white-supremacists-in-law-enforcement


On another note, what was this officer going to be fired for?
 

OhTall1

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I wonder if it benefits the victims case he has quit.
It possibly benefits him. Yesterday The Root posted a story about a former Chicago cop who was acquitted of killing an innocent bystander. He now wants his record expunged because he can't find work and only has his $57K/year pension to support his family. He was allowed to keep his benefits because he resigned voluntarily. :nono:
 

kblc06

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It possibly benefits him. Yesterday The Root posted a story about a former Chicago cop who was acquitted of killing an innocent bystander. He now wants his record expunged because he can't find work and only has his $57K/year pension to support his family. He was allowed to keep his benefits because he resigned voluntarily. :nono:


How ******g bold!
 

Farida

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SoniT

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Welp...

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/cri...h-officer-killed-her-nephew-told-authorities/


“The boy told a forensic interviewer that he and his aunt were playing video games together about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when she heard noises outside. She took her handgun from her purse and pointed it “toward the window” before she was shot, the nephew said, according to the arrest-warrant affidavit.”

She was in her house and heard noises in her yard. She was protecting herself and her nephew. Maybe the officer should have announced himself.
 

Ms. Tarabotti

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Welp...

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/cri...h-officer-killed-her-nephew-told-authorities/


“The boy told a forensic interviewer that he and his aunt were playing video games together about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when she heard noises outside. She took her handgun from her purse and pointed it “toward the window” before she was shot, the nephew said, according to the arrest-warrant affidavit.”

If one can own a handgun in Texas, it stands to reason that there is a chance a homeowner would have a gun. If a homeowner hears noises outside the house at night, that gun is coming with them while they investigate so this shouldn't be a surprise to police or anybody who didn't announce themselves. In certain places, it's shoot first, ask questions later.

I'm certain that this method of a 'wellness check' is not standard procedure and would never have gone down this way in a white neighborhood.
 

Farida

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If one can own a handgun in Texas, it stands to reason that there is a chance a homeowner would have a gun. If a homeowner hears noises outside the house at night, that gun is coming with them while they investigate so this shouldn't be a surprise to police or anybody who didn't announce themselves. In certain places, it's shoot first, ask questions later.

I'm certain that this method of a 'wellness check' is not standard procedure and would never have gone down this way in a white neighborhood.

Yeah she had every right to be armed and would have been justified in shooting him the way he rolled up to her window.

I don’t even know what the other cop was thinking.
 
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