FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2018 file photo, Brandt Jean, center left, brother of shooting victim Botham Jean, hugs his sister Allisa Charles-Findley, during a news conference about the shooting of Botham Jean by Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, outside the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas. He was joined by his mother, Allison Jean, left, and attorney Benjamin Crump, right. Guyger, who was fired soon after the shooting and charged with murder, said she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own. She was convicted in early Oct. 2019 — a rare jury decision — and sentenced to 10 years in prison. (AP Photo/Ryan Tarinelli, File)

Cause for hope and caution following police shooting in home

October 17, 2019 - 12:17 am

Many in the black community say they've seen at least initial signs of swifter action in the days after Atatiana Jefferson's killing by a white Fort Worth police officer.

They also are noticing some recurring and troubling themes.

Jefferson's shooting Saturday in her home is the latest high-profile one in the Black Lives Matter era. The events that followed it have unfolded in ways that are both typical and unique, leaving her family and activists to balance hope with caution.

The mayor and police chief quickly called the killing inexcusable. Police released body camera footage right away, and the officer resigned and was charged.

Even as those moves occurred, the inclusion of photos of a handgun found inside Jefferson's home with police bodycam footage was seized upon by some as an effort to discredit her.

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