It’s hard to be black in America. Atatiana Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, was shot from her own home by a white male police officer. Atatiana was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew when a police officer stood outside her window and shouted, “Put your hands up — show me your hands,” only to fire his gun seconds later. The officer doesn’t identify himself as a police and might not follow the standard police procedures at checking the victim before shooting.
Atatiana’s neighbor James Smith called the Fort Worth police because he suspected something was wrong. He said, “I called because I was concerned for my neighbors.” James expressed that because the door of her neighbor has been opened since 10 p.m and her lights are still on late at night. James said, “What I witnessed was three or four tactical officers come from around the corner seem like, and in less than a minute, I heard gunshots.”
The Fort Worth police tweeted their press release about the serious incident, and will investigate it thoroughly. They will release camera footage for transparency to the public. However, they won’t release the camera footage inside Atatiana’s home due to the forthcoming investigation and the limitations of the Public Information Act. The officer in question is in administrative leave.
Atatiana’s attorney, Lee Meritt, describes her client as a loving and hardworking woman. The lawyer wrote a Facebook post, “She was a premed graduate of Xavier University. She was very close to her family. She was the auntie that stayed up on Friday night playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. She worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales. Her mom had recently gotten very sick, so she was home taking care of the house and loving her life. There was no reason for her to be murdered. None. We must have justice.”
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Christian leaders are sad and mad at what happened to Atatiana. They felt it mainly happened because the victim was black. Texan Bible teacher Beth Moore posted on Twitter, “I am tired of shaking my head and rubbing my head and trying to think what it would be like to be Black in America. I want to be part of a CHANGE NOW, in this generation. This injustice is outrageous. What continues to go on in this nation regarding Black Americans is madness.”
Christian writer, Trillian Newbell, posted Atatiana’s photograph holding her nephew. Trillian said, “This picture broke me. My heart cries out for her family. #AtatianaJefferson.”
Southern Baptist Convention’s president, J.D Greear, re-tweeted the photograph shared by Trillian, and said, “Yes, Trillia. Grieving, confused. Praying for her family.”
The Table’s lead pastor, Jonathan Martin tweeted, “A beloved daughter of God cut down by the police–no other crime than being black in America. Spirit groan & sigh for us, through us. Let your rage come as a purifying fire. And again, we ask, how long? #SayHerName #AtatianaJefferson.”