Officer Aaron Dean, Despite Police Lies & Misdirection Is Still Responsible
This is why no one should celebrate the arrest of a police officer. There is so much that can happen before an actual conviction and even the conviction is oftentimes mediocre sentencing.
Let’s just break down what transpired, from what was originally said to what they are now trying to spin because the revisions make this reek of police coverup to protect their own while hoping to maintain public trust — which was destroyed long ago.
First, despite this being a wellness check called in on a non-emergency line, the officers did not park in front of the house. They did not ring or knock on the door or call out and identify themselves as police. Instead, like criminals they circled the house!
Now the initial statement was that Officer Aaron Dean perceived a threat because he saw a shadow in the window so seconds after shouting for Atatiana Jefferson to put her hands up he shot. That was it. Initially.
Officer Dean was not “cooperating” with the investigation — he was likely waiting to see how the department would spin the story to let him off the hook. He didn’t have to wait long.
The police made sure to say a gun was found in the home. The public, enraged at yet another example of blaming the victim for a trigger happy cop that shoots when presented with a Black person, was not accepting this excuse.
Then the gun was in the room where she was shot. This still wasn’t working with the public.
Then, after talking with her 8 year old nephew, they now claim the gun was in her hand and pointed at the window.
Never mind that the police department cannot and should not be trusted to interview a Black child, traumatized by their aunt being gunned down, but this still does not alter facts.
Officer Dean never identified as a police or called out when outside the home. He instead creeped around the home. (Now, to excuse this the department is claiming the “wellness check” was not properly classified and the police may have been responding to what they thought was a burglary).
Nor did he say at any time say that Atatiana Jefferson holding a gun so it still has no bearing on the situation. You can’t claim you were threatened by a weapon you didn’t know was there.
She is well within her right to defend herself and her nephew in her home. Particularly, since she didn’t know cops were outside because they, again, failed to identify themselves.
Though now, when they interview Officer Dean he’ll surely claim he saw the gun or “something” in her hand, and that was the “perceived threat" that made him fire.
How many times will we allow police to change their stories? How many times will we allow them to shield the names of officers, delay drug test (like with Amber Guyger) and delay questioning in an obvious attempt to doctor a story? How many times will we accept “threat" when they really mean “Black"? How many times?