Shot and Killed by Police While Playing Video Games in her Bedroom..Where is the OUTRAGE!!

This is Atatiana Jefferson —a young biology student who was shot and killed by a Fort Worth, TXpolice officer last night in her bedroom, while she was playing a video game with her nephew. The police had been called to her mother’s home because the neighbor reported that the family’s front door was open, which seemed unusual at that hour of night, and the neighbor wanted to make sure the family was safe. This was not an emergency call, but a routine neighborhood “welfare check”. The footage from the police officer’s body camera video shows that the officer did not knock on the door or announce himself. He went to the backyard, saw a figure through the window (Atatiana, playing a video game in her bedroom) and “felt threatened.” He shot and killed her through her bedroom window. (The body-cam footage has been released. You can watch it.)

To say that my heart goes out to this young woman’s family isn’t enough. We need to do more than grieve. We need to change. Here are some facts about the policing of black people in America: Black people are three times more likely to be shot by police than white people. 21% of black people shot by the police are unarmed. 13 of the largest police departments in the U.S. kill black men at higher numbers than the U.S. murder rate. 99% of cases where a police officer kills a civilian do not end in the officer being convicted of a crime. The most common reason the police give for shooting an unarmed civilian is “I felt threatened.” These killings do not have to keep happening. It’s not enough to say: “It’s a hard job to be a police officer.” Police departments that invest in educating and training their officers do not have these situations. Buffalo, NY, for instance, has a higher non-white population and crime rate than Orlando, FL—and yet Buffalo police killed ZERO civilians between 2013 and 2016, and Orlando police killed 15. Atatiana Jefferson committed no crime. She was a bright young woman with her entire life ahead of her. She was shot and killed at home while doing NOTHING. When black people say that they don’t feel safe anywhere in this country, not even at home, I believe them. Please educate and advocate. #blacklivesmatterElizabeth Gibert Instagram post

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