#Roommates, back in October 2019 the country expressed collective outrage regarding the tragic and senseless murder of Atatiana Jefferson at the hands of a former Fort Worth, Texas police officer. Fast forward a little over a year later, and Atatiana Jefferson’s family has officially filed a lawsuit against the former officer.
@USAToday reports, Atatiana Jefferson’s father, Jerome Eschor, her aunt Venitta Body and another relative Arita Eschor recently filed a lawsuit against former police officer Aaron Dean in federal court earlier this month. The lawsuit alleges that Dean violated Jefferson’s constitutionally-protected civil rights as well as accuses him of both assault and battery.
Additionally, the lawsuit further states that the City of Forth Worth along with the Fort Worth Police Department are liable Atatiana Jefferson’s death because they knew or should have known that Dean “exhibited a pattern of escalating encounters with the public.” The police department is also acknowledged in the lawsuit for it failure to properly train and supervise its officers or discipline Dean.
As we previously reported, Atatiana Jefferson was babysitting her 8-year-old nephew while at her mother’s home, when a neighbor called a non-emergency police line to report that a door was open. Aaron Dean responded to the call and opened fire from outside through a window after “perceiving a threat,” although there was no sign he or the other responding officer knocked on the front door or announced their presence in the backyard.
Dean resigned from the police force after he was officially charged with Jefferson’s murder. Last month, a judge set his murder trial for August 2021.
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