A white Texas police officer who shot and murdered a black woman in her home last month was charged with assault before he became a police officer after a friend told him that he had touched her breast.
Aaron Dean, 35, told officials about the indictment in 2004 during his interview with Forth Worth Police in 2017.
In a recording of the interview, he says he wanted to join the police for & # 39; the action and adventure of working for the police & # 39 ;.
Dean was also asked if he would be willing to kill someone and replied & # 39; no problem & # 39 ;, according to the Forth Worth Star Telegram.
The 35-year-old is now faced with a murder for shooting 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through her back window after answering a call about the open door. He resigned from the department in October.
Jefferson was watching out for her 8-year-old nephew when the police arrived after a neighbor called a non-emergency line.
Aaron Dean, a Fort Worth police officer who shot and murdered a black woman in her house last month, was previously charged with mistreatment after a woman reported him for having improperly touched her. He is shown during his interview with Forth Worth PD in 2017
Dean, 35, faces a murder for shooting 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson through her back window after answering a call about the front door that was open last month
Dean acknowledged during the 2017 recruitment process that he improperly touched a friend in a library at the University of Texas at Arlington.
He said he argued for no challenge to the criminal charges, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The outlet received employee records and an interview recording for his work with the police in 2017.
In the interview, Dean said that & # 39; a girl I was friends with & # 39; reported him to the police after hitting her chest.
He said: & # 39; During the exchange, I wrapped my arms around her and at one point stroked her chest.
& # 39; She told me this made her uncomfortable and asked me to stop, which I did right away, pretty embarrassed and apologetic. She later reported the incident to the police. & # 39;
He claimed that he had asked the woman not to contact the authorities when he went to a conservative church and was concerned about tar and feathers and such & # 39 ;.
Dean argued against the charge, which is a crime, and paid a fine. He graduated from the University of Dallas with a bachelor's degree in physics in 2011 and joined the Fort Worth police force in April 2018.
The indictment of more than ten years earlier would not prevent Dean from becoming an officer under the rules of the civil service of Fort Worth.
In a police evaluation in April, the dean's supervisor praised him for working at the level of more experienced officers, and encouraged him to continue the good work & # 39 ;.
But in a May 2018 performance review, the supervisor wrote that Dean had poor communication skills, sometimes had tunnel vision, and missed calls for help over the radio.
An improvised memorial rests on the sidewalk that leads to Atatiana Jefferson's home in Fort Worth, Texas
A bullet hole from the policeman's shot can be seen in the rear window of Atatiana Jefferson's home in Fort Worth, Texas on October 15
Another review accused him of being evasive instead of admitting that he was doing wrong.
Dean's lawyer, Jim Lane, did not comment on his client's state of mind or his response to the murder indictment, and the judge overseeing Dean's case last week issued a warrant to prohibit the parties from publicly discuss.
During his job interview, Dean is said to have had the ambition to work in the army and to become a policeman as a & # 39; way to do some of those same things without having to work abroad & # 39 ;.
Dean said he wanted to serve the public and loved & # 39; the action and adventure & # 39; which he believed was an officer.
During his 17-minute interview, he was also asked if he would be able to kill someone if you have to. He then answered: & # 39; No problem. & # 39;
Dean claimed that he would use force to defend himself and others or that there was a threat when asked if & # 39; there was a time to fight & # 39 ;.
He also said he had a permit to carry a firearm. He told interviewers: & # 39; The time to fight is definitely when I'm down, or someone I care about or I'm responsible for is in danger.
During his interview, Dean said that & # 39; a girl I was friends with & # 39; reported him to the police after hitting her chest. He argued that the charge should not be challenged, which is a crime, and paid a fine.
Atatiana played video games with her eight-year-old nephew Zion when Dean arrived and crawled around the back of the house, with gun drawn and unannounced, according to his arrest warrant and bodycam video
Earlier this month, hundreds of mourners attended Jefferson's funeral, including the mayor of Fort Worth and the interim police chief in Dallas
& # 39; Definitely if there is an imminent threat that I think is necessary to defend myself, then this is definitely the time to do that. & # 39;
Bodycam recordings show that Dean Jefferson shot early in the morning of October 12 after he entered her back yard.
Dean is not told that he identifies himself as police on the video. Police said Dean pulled his gun after he & # 39; had noticed a threat, but there was no sign that he or the other officer who responded had ever knocked on the front door.
After the shooting, a gun was found in Jefferson & # 39; s house, but police and city leaders said it was not relevant to her death.
Dean worked for the Fort Worth police for two years before his resignation. He was interviewed in March 2017 after completing the training at the police academy and was hired the following August.
Earlier this month, hundreds of mourners attended Jefferson's funeral, including the mayor of Fort Worth and the interim police chief in Dallas.
The service for the pre-med graduate only took place a few days after it was relocated due to a family dispute.
Fort Worth Police has released camera images of the body of Dean firing the fatal shot through Jefferson's window. Investigators said the officer did not identify as a police officer beforehand
Dean shot Atatiana through the window of her bedroom in the early hours of October 12.
The 34-year-old officer and his partner went to Atatiana's house after a worried neighbor had called the police to say her front door was open.
Chief editor of the Fort Worth police force, Ed Kraus, said Dean was sent on an & # 39; open structure call & # 39; to investigate, a situation that could mean that a door is accidentally left open or that a burglary is taking place.
Atatiana played video games with her eight-year-old nephew Zion when Dean arrived and crawled around the back of the house, with gun drawn and unannounced, according to his arrest warrant and bodycam video.
The victim heard noises, pulled her gun out of her bag and aimed it at a bedroom window, Zion told the police, according to the order.
Dean shone his flashlight into the window and said: & # 39; Raise your hands, show me your hands! & # 39;
He fired a fraction of a second later, without identifying himself as a police, showed bodycam video.
Dean resigned two days after the shooting and the police accused him of murder.
Kraus said Dean violated a series of police policies and it was understandable that Atatiana would pull her gun in such a situation.
& # 39; We have completed an initial evaluation of the case and based on the evidence that we intend to ask the Grand Jury for an indictment for the murder of Aaron Dean, & # 39; said Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson in a statement.
& # 39; We will pursue this matter fully. & # 39;
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