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Black Woman Killed in Home by Texas Police

Posted on in Texas State Politics · American Government

On October 12, police responded to a non-emergency call from a neighbor about an open door to a home in their neighborhood. Without declaring their identities, the police officers circled the property and fired a single shot into the home through a window, killing 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson as she played video games with her nephew.

Instructors, click the link below to download this week’s lecture for use in your classroom. The deck contains a writing prompt and a debate question as well as other assessment questions.

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Links

“Texas officer killed Atatiana Jefferson while she played video games with nephew”
https://wtvr.com/2019/10/14/atatiana-jefferson-obit/

“Fort Worth officer resigns after fatally shooting woman in her home”
https://www.kron4.com/news/national/fort-worth-officer-resigns-after-fatally-shooting-woman-in-her-home/

“Atatiana Jefferson pointed gun at window before Fort Worth officer killed her, nephew told authorities”
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2019/10/15/atatiana-jefferson-pointed-gun-out-window-before-fort-worth-officer-killed-her-nephew-told-authorities/

“Fort Worth police officer charged for murder of Atatiana Jefferson”
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/10/14/fort-worth-police-officer-resigns-after-shooting-atatiana-jefferson/?utm_campaign=trib-social&utm_content=1571100236&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&fbclid=IwAR1yUXibRiev1msEdr5eawSgRI-iiOdxAjMdVf_-z9JlWzPtFZzKrOoKg_U

“Deaths of Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean show how police training emphasize danger to cops over community”
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2019/10/15/deaths-of-atatiana-jefferson-botham-jean-show-how-police-training-emphasizes-danger-to-cops-over-community/

“Atatiana Jefferson’s Death Gives Black North Texas Reasons to Distrust Police”
https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/atatiana-jefferson-shooting-fort-worth-police/

“Ex-cop: Atatiana Jefferson’s killing further erodes police legitimacy”
https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/14/opinions/atatiana-jefferson-police-shooting-death-alexander/index.html

“Latest deadly police shooting raises questions about tactics”
https://www.apnews.com/70b574729e844bc2828101c3c4d94e67

Assessment

  • Writing: Describe the Black Lives Matter movement’s origins and strategic policy goals. Has the movement been successful in shifting public opinion? In reforming the justice system?
  • Debate: Black people in the United States are killed at higher rates than any other ethnic group due to subconscious racism in our police forces.
  • Poll: Do you believe that black lives matter in the United States?
  • Short Answer: Does implicit bias training work to reduce the number of police shootings of black Americans?

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