Black Girl shot dead by Texas police through bedroom window
A black woman was shot dead by police through her bedroom in the early hours of Saturday morning, following a request to check on her welfare.
Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was living at the home in Fort Worth, Texas with her eight-year-old nephew.
A neighbor had predicted a non-emergency police number following growing worried that her front door was open at night.
Authorities have released bodycam footage of this incident, which reveals an officer shooting within minutes of seeing her.
The clip shows police looking at the perimeter of the residential property, before discovering a figure at the window. After requiring the individual to put up their hands, an officer then fired a shot through the glass.
The Fort Worth Police Department said in a statement that the officer, who’s a white guy, had”sensed a threat” when he drew his weapon.
He’s been put on administrative leave pending an investigation, officials added.
The shooting occurred at about 02:30 local time (07:30 GMT) on Saturday morning.
Even though it’s edited, the body camera footage doesn’t seem to show the officers identifying themselves as authorities.
It doesn’t show footage from within the property but contains images of a weapon which authorities say they found within the bedroom.
It’s uncertain if Ms Jefferson was holding a weapon at the moment, but firearm ownership is lawful for individuals aged over 18 in Texas.
Police said officers provided emergency medical care to Ms Jefferson in the scene, but she was declared dead in the property.
‘Playing video games’
The 28-year-old was playing video games with her nephew before she went to investigate the sound outside the window, according to a lawyer representing her loved ones.
“Her mother had recently gotten very ill, so she was home taking care of the home and enjoying her life,” attorney Lee Merritt said on Facebook. “There was no explanation for her to be murdered. None. We must have justice.”
Ms Jefferson was a college graduate who had been working in pharmaceutical equipment sales, he added.
The shooting comes less than two weeks following an off-duty police officer was jailed for shooting a black guy, Bothan Jean, dead in his own Dallas flat less than 35 miles (55km) from Saturday’s episode
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, himself from Texas, has spoken out about Ms Jefferson’s departure.
“As we mourn with Atatiana’s loved ones, we must demand accountability and assure to fight till no family has to face a catastrophe such as this again,” he submitted on Twitter.
The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) branded Ms Jefferson’s death”unacceptable”.
Neighbour James Smith, 62, said he had checked the land himself before calling the police, but didn’t spot movement inside.
“I am shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it is partially my fault,” Mr Smith told the Star-Telegram paper about asking the welfare check. “If I had never dialled the police department, she would still be alive.”