On Saturday night, Atatiana Jefferson was playing video games with her nephew inside her own home in Forth Worth, TX.
When a neighbor saw that a door to her home was open for several hours, he called a police non-emergency number to ensure his neighbor’s safety.
When the police officer showed up to the home, he peered inside the window and saw Atatiana, told her to put her hands up and shot within seconds.
On Saturday night, Atatiana Jefferson was shot and killed while playing video games with her nephew in her own home by someone who should have been there to ensure her safety.
After Atatiana’s neighbor found out what had happened after he called the non-emergency number, he said: “If you don’t feel safe with the police department, then who do you feel safe with?”
I am devastated! I am infuriated!
And I hope you are, too!
Folks, we have a deeply racialized criminal justice system.
This is why we need to find ways to respond to concerns other than calling the police on our black and brown siblings. This is why we must persistently and fearlessly work to expose, call out, and dismantle our deeply racist criminal justice system. This is why we must continue to proclaim that Black Lives Matter over and over again… until black lives actually do matter in our country.
Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!
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