Fort Worth Officer Resigns After Murder Charge

Another Fort Worth Police shooting happened, and the police officer was charged with murder and arrested for shooting and killing Atatiana Jefferson Saturday morning.  A few hours after 34-year-old Aaron York Dean killed Jefferson, he resigned from the Fort Worth Police Force after his arrest on Monday.

According to the records on hand, Dean is on the list at the Tarrant County Jail as an inmate.  Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus stated at a press conference, he was going to fire Dean if he did not resign after 18 months with the police department.  The FBI is also investigating civil rights violations along with the local police.

The State Police and the Texas Rangers have not gotten back with the chief if they would pursue their own investigations.  Kraus stated if he were going to fire him, the reasons would have been due to violating policies and for violating the use of force policy.  Dean’s resignation was one sentence.  “Effective immediately, I am tendering my resignation from the Fort Worth Police Department.”

Before Dean’s arrest, he could not be reached, and the chief said he was not cooperating with the investigation.  All that is known at this time is there was a call to police from neighbors stating at Jefferson’s residence all the doors were open, and it was suspicious.

The neighbor stated it was just a welfare check to make sure everything was alright.  What made matters worse is Dean is a white cop who killed Jefferson, a black person for unjustified reasons.

The dispatch audio was released Monday, which informed officers “complainant advised the front door to this address is open, both neighbor’s vehicles are in the driveway, white sedan, and dark-colored sedan.”  Seven minutes later, Dean got on the radio and said, “shots fired, shots fired, start a supervisor.”

The Fort Worth City Mayor Betsy Price put out this statement, “Atatiana was an amazing, smart woman who was unjustly taken from her family.  I cannot imagine anything worse, and I am so sorry.  There is nothing that can justify what happened.”

Police Chief Kraus assured the FBI of the events which took place, and as of Monday, the FBI has not responded with any news.  Kraus told the FBI, “Dean was served a personnel complaint on Sunday, then placed on detached duty and stripped of his badge and firearm.

I intended to meet with him this morning to terminate his employment with the Fort Worth Police Department; however, the officer tendered his resignation before I could meet with him.”

A timeline of Dean’s training was released according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Dean was hired by the department on Aug. 21, 2017, and commissioned as a licensed peace officer on April 13, 2018.

Dean had not worked at any other police department, according to a status report from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Dean completed training at the Fort Worth Police Academy on March 8, 2018, according to the records obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

From September 2017 to August 2019, Dean took 30 courses at the academy. His most recent training course was crisis intervention training on Aug. 9, according to records.

Other courses included defensive tactics, conflict resolution, active shooter response, peace officer field training, and community relations.

As of August, Dean had 2,860 hours of training, 1,451 of which were from courses at the police academy. The rest of the hours were obtained from the University of Texas-Arlington in 2003.”

The Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke stated there will be an outside group who will come in and review all the training and policies of the Fort Worth Police Department.  The group will be revising a new plan with the City Council within the coming weeks.

They will focus more on the use of force policy, and they want to get police monitors set up to review the scenes as it actually happens when shootings go down.  There will be a panel of three experts to discuss all that is needed to be revised and added.

Police Chief Kraus was asked the question, “What would you tell residents who don’t trust the police?”  To which he stated, “I tell them I get it. No one looked at that video and thought there’s no doubt this officer acted inappropriately.

More training for officers is needed and will be done.  Most officers I have encountered over the last couple of days have said, ‘Chief, this is not how we operate.”