A Black Woman Was Shot And Killed By A White Policeman In Her Own Home

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A black woman has been shot dead in her own home by a white police officer responding to a call for a welfare check in the US state of Texas.

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Atatiana Jefferson was killed after a neighbour in Fort Worth phoned police to say he was worried because the 28-year-old’s front door had been left open.

In bodycam footage released by the police, two responders can be seen using flashlights to search the home from outside before one is heard shouting through a window: “Put your hands up, show me your hands.”

A shot is then fired.

Ms Jefferson was pronounced dead at the scene in the early hours of Saturday. Her eight-year-old nephew is understood to also have been in the house at the time.

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In a statement, Fort Worth Police Department said the officer fired the single shot after “perceiving a threat” inside the property.

The body cam video also included images of a gun inside the residence, but it is unclear if the firearm was found near the woman.

source: Independent

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