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Family of Atatiana Jefferson Files Lawsuit for Emotional Distress After 8-Year-Old Was ‘Forced to Watch the Murder of His Aunt’ By The Fort Worth Police

Amber Carr sister, the of Atatiana Jefferson was was fatally shot in her mother’s home by a Fort Worth police officer in 2019, has filed a lawsuit alleging her 8-year-old son who was saw his aunt’s murder was traumatized by the tragic event. “At the age of 8, Zion Carr was forced to watch the murder of his aunt, Atatiana Jefferson, at the hands of Fort Worth Police,” the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Sept. 15, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The suit claims Carr’s son “suffered extreme and severe mental and emotional distress, anxiety, terror and agony.” The lawsuit also claims that after the shooting, officers questioned the child without parental consent. The suit lists former officer Aaron Dean, former police chief Ed Kraus and former mayor Betsy Price as defendants. The suit doesn’t specify the damages its seeking. The incident took place on Oct. 12, 2019, when a neighbor called the police non-emergency number because the front door of Jefferson’s mother’s home was open at around 2:23 a.m. Jefferson was inside at the time with her nephew playing video games.

Officer Aaron Dean go to the residence 2:28 a.m. and by 2:30 a.m. Jefferson was shot. Police parked near, but not in front of the home, and did not identify themselves as police as they approached the residence. Dean approached the window and said, “Put your hands up! Show me your hands!” before firing through the window.

Zion watched as officers entered to perform CPR while Jefferson “bled on the floor of her own home,” the lawsuit says.

Jefferson was pronounced dead at the scene and her nephew later told police that she took a handgun out of her purse and aimed it at the window upon hearing noises, police said. Dean has been indicted on a murder charge in Jefferson’s death, but COVID-19 has delayed legal proceedings.

Jefferson’s siblings filed a wrongful death suit against Dean and the city earlier this year, however, it has been put on hold pending a dispute between family members about who’s actually in charge of Jefferson’s estate.


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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.


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