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The Fort Worth, Texas, police officer who fatally shot a woman while she was babysitting her nephew over the weekend has been charged with murder.
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Aaron Dean was booked into the Tarrant County Correction Center and later released on $200,000 bond, according to jail officials.
Fort Worth Police Sgt. Chris Daniels acknowledged the outrage that the killing of Atatiana Jefferson, 28, had sparked.
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“To the citizens and residents of our city, we feel and understand your anger and your disappointment and we stand by you as we work together to make Fort Worth a better place for us all,” he said.
The arrest came just hours after Dean’s resignation from the police force. Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus said during a press conference earlier that he intended to end Officer Aaron Dean’s employment, but that Dean tendered his resignation first.
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Dean, who joined the department in April 2018, still faces possible civil rights violations, Kraus said.
“Had the officer not resigned, I would have fired him for violations for several policies, including our use of force policy, our de-escalation policy and unprofessional conduct,” Kraus added.
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Dean was initially placed on administrative leave after he shot Jefferson to death. He has not been cooperating with investigators in the case, Kraus said.
It wasn’t clear if Dean has a lawyer. The Fort Worth Police Officers Association did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.
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A lawyer for Jefferson’s family, Lee Merritt, said her relatives were “relieved” over the arrest.
“We need to see this through to a vigorous prosecution & appropriate sentencing,” he tweeted. “The City of Fort Worth has much work to do to reform a brutal culture of policing.”
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In a separate news conference earlier Monday, Jefferson’s family demanded an outside investigation into her death.
“This man murdered someone,” said Darius Carr, Jefferson’s brother, told...
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