Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Statement on the Resignation of the Police Officer Who Shot and Killed Atatiana Jefferson

On Saturday, a 28-year old black woman, Atatiana Jefferson, was shot and killed in her own home by a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas who was responding to a neighbor’s request for a wellness check. Today, that officer resigned. Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement in response:

“A resignation is not enough.  It is critical that a full, fair and independent investigation be carried out to determine what criminal and civil rights charges should be brought against former officer Aaron Dean. Dean must be held accountable for the fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Justice should conduct an investigation into the Fort Worth Police Department to determine if the agency stands in violation of federal and constitutional standards.”

Clarke continued: “In the weeks and months ahead, many African Americans across our country may harbor fear about the unintended and fatal consequences that can result from simply calling 911 for help. This grim reality makes it critical that the Fort Worth Police Department take every step possible to restore public confidence in the agency by ensuring justice for the Jefferson family and by fully participating in any inquiry into the agency’s policies and practices concerning use of force and racial bias.”

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