U.S. NEWS D.A. seeks murder charge against former Fort Worth officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson

Atatiana JeffersonFamily photo via KXAS

“We have completed an initial review of the case, and based on the evidence we intend to ask the Grand Jury for an indictment of murder against Aaron Dean,” the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “We will prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law.”

Body camera footage shows the perspective of an officer outside the home, peering into a window using a flashlight and spotting someone inside standing near a window and telling her, “Put your hands up — show me your hands,” before firing one shot through the glass seconds later.

The two officers responding to the call did not identify themselves to Jefferson before she was killed, and therewas no evidence Dean knocked on the door. He resigned and was charged Monday with murder.

An attorney for Jefferson’s family, Lee Merritt, has said her relatives were “relieved” over Dean’s arrest.

“We need to see this through to a vigorous prosecution & appropriate sentencing,” he tweeted this week. “The City of Fort Worth has much work to do to reform a brutal culture of policing.”

Article URL : https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/d-seek-murder-charge-against-former-fort-worth-officer-who-n1068906

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