Justice For Atatiana Jefferson, Police Reform NOW!
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On the 13th October 2019, a white police officer shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson, a pre-med graduate from Xaviour University, in her own home whilst she was looking after her 8 year old nephew.
Her neighbour had called a Wellness Check on her as he had noticed her door was left open. A white police officer, then instead of knocking, snuck around the side of the house. After noticing Jefferson standing in her home through the window, he shouted "Hands up!", and before Jefferson had time to react, 4 seconds later, he murdered her.
This occurred only 30 minutes west from where Botham Jean, a black man was shot in his own home by another white police officer who was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison. However, Fort William Police Department have chosen to put him on paid leave. This is absurd, and a horrendous case of unjustice. Smith should be arrested for murder and Jefferson should receive full justice!
Our goals are:
- To get him arrested, charged and convicted with adequate sentencing with murder.
- Ensure efficient and essential training of officers in deescalation, physical intervention and bias/diversity.
- Set a precedent to end police brutality and efficient sentences of police officers who violate the human rights, their duty to protect, and commit acts of unnecessary violence against POC.
Link to article: https://www.npr.org/2019/10/13/769891781/fort-worth-officer-kills-woman-in-her-bedroom-in-response-to-open-structure-call?t=1570989830379
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