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Another black woman shot dead by white police

A black woman who has been identified as Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was shot dead in her own home by a white police officer who was responding to a call for a welfare check in the US state of Texas. The said officer (who has been on the force for about a year plus) has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The incident happened after James Smith, a neighbor in Fort Worth phoned police to say he was worried because the woman’s front door had been left open.

In bodycam footage released by the police, two responders could be seen using flashlights to search the home (from outside) before one of them started shouting through a window: “Put your hands up, show me your hands.” One of the officers then fired and killed Jefferson. Her eight-year-old nephew was also in the house when the incident took place.

Star-Telegram reported that the man who called the police said: “I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault. If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive. It makes you not want to call the police department.”

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