NBA Player Harrison Barnes To Pay For Atatiana Jefferson’s Funeral

Tanya Simon
October 19, 2019

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes and his wife, Brittany, as well as Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson will reportedly be paying for the funeral of Atatiana Jefferson, who was murdered in her Fort Worth home by a police officer last week.

She said she doesn't trust the department's officers and feels Jefferson's death represents a clear breach of protocol. Atatiana Jefferson was recently moved to Fort Worth to take care of her deceased mother.

The officer, 34-year-old Aaron Dean, did not identify himself as an officer before he fired into the woman's bedroom window, sparking national outrage and claims of excessive policing.

"You are at a increased sensitivity to what's occurring with that house", London said. CBS News spoke to a former Fort Worth officer who echoed that sentiment.

A neighbor who called police about Atatiana Jefferson's open front door before she was killed had asked officers to do a wellness check, but instead the situation was treated as an "open structure case", which experts say some officers treat as a potential burglary, according to CNN.

"Put your hands up!" Show me your hands!'

Barnes said he had not talked to Jefferson's family.

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Michael "Britt" London, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association told CNN that officers are more cautious when they hear a door is open.

"They were standing actually on the front door, they'd per chance per chance gaze whether the door modified into as soon as kicked on or not", he knowledgeable the community.

It was Friday night, and the nephew and Jefferson wanted to enjoy the autumn air and let doors to be opened so that the breeze will follow them. "The lights were on, there modified into as soon as proof that folks were living there, there were toys".

Dean, who fired the fatal shot, had been with the department since the spring of a year ago.

Dean's experience as a police officer could have factored into how he acted during the call, Halstead said.

"Why they advanced to an extremely dark backyard area without at least ringing the doorbell or checking the entrance?"

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