Grenada Broadcasting Network

15th August 2022

  

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The attorney who is representing the family of slain Saint Lucian native, Botham Jean, is also representing relatives of a black woman who was shot dead by a Texas police officer Saturday, US media reports say.

As community activists demand justice in the death of  Atatiana Jefferson, Attorney Lee Merritt was quoted by USA Today as saying that a clear message has been sent.

“We are no longer safe in our own homes,” Merritt asserted.

Lee Merritt

He said the murder of Atatiana Jefferson, 28, represents a “breaking point” according to local media.

The woman was shot through a window of her home by a police officer who was part of a team responding to a neighbour’s distress call about an open door.

A body camera video of the Fort Worth shooting ends with an officer shouting “Put your hands up – show me your hands,” before a gun is fired.

Police have identified the shooter only as a white male who has been on the force for one and a half years.

Law enforcement authorities released a photo of a gun found in Jefferson’s home.

But Attorney Merritt said police had provided no connection between the gun found inside the home and the shooting.

The Fort Worth Police Department said  in a statement that the shooter perceived a threat then drew his weapon, firing one shot.

Jefferson died on the scene.

Fort Worth Pastor Michael Bell of the Greater St. Stephen First Church on Saturday is reported to have  criticised the fatal police shooting, declaring that the deceased had “lights on all over.”

Bell said there was no threat in the situation, unless police consider black people a threat, according to reports.

Less than two weeks ago, former Dallas cop – Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in jail for the fatal shooting of Botham Jean ,26, in September last year.

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