Residents of Fort Worth, Texas, slammed their city council on Tuesday, claiming the governing board was ineptly handing the city in the wake of seven fatal police shootings in one year.
The contentious meeting came after former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson through a window in her home. Body cam footage shows Dean firing his weapon virtually at the same time he issued Jefferson a warning. The officer was responding to a call for a welfare check. Dean has been charged with murder.
Another recent Texas police shooting, that of Botham Jean by former officer Amber Guyger, also resulted in the latter’s conviction of murder.
At the meeting, Fort Worth residents expressed anger and fear.
“Stop killing us,” one resident said.
Another said non-officer teams should respond to non-emergency situations like welfare check visits.