Sister of Atatiana Jefferson Files $10M Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In 2019, a woman in Fort Worth, Texas, named Atatiana Jefferson, was fatally shot by police through the window of her home while playing video games with her nephew. A police officer arrived at Jefferson’s home after a concerned neighbor called the non-emergency line for the police due to Jefferson’s door being open. Bodycam footage showed the officer yelling to Jefferson through her bedroom window before firing one shot, which killed the woman. Now, the woman’s sister has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit.

 

The suit filed by Ashley Carr is against the city of Fort Worth, former police chief Aaron Dean, former police chief Ed Kraus, and Mayor Betsy Price. The suit alleges that the city of Fort Worth “failed to properly train, supervise, screen, discipline, transfer, counsel or otherwise properly equip and control officers including those who are known, or who should have been known, to engage in the use of excessive force and/or deadly force.”

Along with that, Carr’s suit says that both police chiefs were aware of the “failures of the Fort Worth Police Department” and did not “rectify the failures and adequately protect the constitutional rights of the people of Fort Worth.” As of now, Betsy Price’s office has issued a statement on the lawsuit, noting they are aware of the suit and pointed out that Carr is not the executor of Atatiana Jefferson’s estate. Stay tuned for more updates.

source: CNN

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