A white policeman Shot a black woman in her house thinking she was a threat but She thought he was a robber
Sneaking up to the house, two policemen walked around the perimeter, as at one moment they saw a silhouette outside the window, without thinking twice, one of the officers opened fire and hit an unknown inside the house.
According to the official version of the investigation, the police called the victim’s neighbor, James Smith. At about 2 a.m., he noticed a light and an open front door and therefore called the emergency service. In his interview, he also indicated that the house was a 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson and her 8-year-old nephew. Fearing for their safety, he made a call.
Under pressure from the public, the Fort Worth Police unveiled a video from a body camera of an unnamed officer who shot a woman.
“Perceiving a threat, the officer drew his duty weapon and fired one shot, striking the person inside the residence,” a police statement says.
More than 10 black community leaders and pastors are addressing local residents about the shooting. Here’s pastor Michael Bell emotionally responding to the statement just put out by Fort Worth police: pic.twitter.com/aDLGjsol42— Jack Howland (@JHowl04) October 12, 2019
The entire process was captured on frames, from the moment of arrival at the place of the call to the shot. Not one of the officers introduced himself or announced their presence on the victim’s private property, they simply stealthily walked around the house, and when they found the tenant, they shot him with a fright.
At the moment, the police have not specified whether the firearm was in Jefferson's hand or if it was simply in the room in which the woman was shot. But the family's lawyer said that while playing video games with their nephew, they heard strange sounds from the outside and Atatiana Jefferson went to the window, suggesting that a robber was wandering there, then a shot was fired.
James Smith, who called the police, said that now you can’t feel safe even near the officers. He regrets what he did, explaining that if he did not call the police, the woman would still be alive.
“It makes you not want to call the police department,” he said. “If you don’t feel safe with the police department, then who do you feel safe with? Do you just ignore crime or ignore something that’s not right?
James Smith said he saw the lights on and front doors open at his neighbor’s home overnight. He said he called a non emergency number for a wellness check. Smith said minutes later he heard a gunshot. @wfaa pic.twitter.com/7XYsVBCFz2— Cleo Greene (@cgreeneWFAA) October 12, 2019