James Smith, who reportedly has lived in the neighborhood 50 years, says he is sorry for calling the police, which resulted in his neighbor being killed inside of her home.
Smith said he was a good neighbor by thinking of Atatiana Jefferson and her safety, with the door being left open so early in the morning. “There was no reason for her to be dead because there was nothing violent going on. They had no reason to come here with guns drawn. I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault. If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive,” he told nbcdfw.com.
Smith: “I called my police department for a welfare check. No domestic violence, no arguing, nothing that they should have been concerned about as far as them coming with guns drawn to my neighbor’s house.”
“I’m shaken. I’m mad. I’m upset. And I feel it’s partly my fault. If I had never dialed the police department, she’d still be alive.”
After watching the video and reading a couple of articles about this case, it becomes clear that this officer and his partner screwed up. There was no attempt to contact the resident before they started searching the perimeter like it was a hot burglary call. This was a welfare check. It should have started with the cops going to the front door and knocking and announcing themselves.
There was no need to prowl around the home as they did. Any homeowner could respond to a prowler with a gun in hand. The cops acted like prowlers, not officers. This should result in criminal charges against the shooting officer. This action was contrary to training and common sense.
This is tragic and not the norm for most police. Judging the whole based on the minute few is like blaming all doctors for malpractice deaths ignoring the millions of successful operations per year just like with officers the whole should not be accused of the few considering the plethora of successful uses of their talents compared to the few.
People may be angry about this, but they need to remember that working things out the right way is the best course of action. Stirring the pot and causing people to act out will not be suitable for anyone.
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