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Cause for hope and caution following police shooting in home

2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 16 2019 Oct 16, 2019 October 16, 2019 10:22 PM October 16, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By ERRIN HAINES and COREY WILLIAMS
Associated Press

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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