Fort Worth police chief to retire at the end of the year

4 months 1 day 6 hours ago Monday, July 27 2020 Jul 27, 2020 July 27, 2020 5:37 PM July 27, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Fort Worth police Chief Ed Kraus announced Monday that he'll retire at the end of the year, the city said in a statement.

Kraus, a 28-year veteran of the department, was appointed chief in December. He'd been named interim chief in May 2019 after Joel Fitzgerald was fired.

In October, the fatal shooting of a 28-year-old Black woman in her home by a white police officer damaged the trust the department had been trying to build with communities of color. Officer Aaron Dean resigned and was charged with murder after fatally shooting Atatiana Jefferson through a back window of her home while responding to a call about an open front door.

Kraus declared there was “absolutely no excuse” for Jefferson’s killing.

Mayor Betsy Price said in the city's statement that Kraus “laid the groundwork for a more accountable and transparent” police department through initiatives that include working with a police monitor who reviews policies and hears complaints.

Councilwoman Gyna Bivens told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that she believed Kraus brought a new level of trust to the department, noting he attended community meetings and engaged with residents.

The city said a national search will be conducted to find Kraus' replacement.

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