Christian Leaders Express Dismay and Outrage After Police Shooting of Atatiana Jefferson

Atatiana Jefferson is seen here with her nephew. | Facebook

Christian leaders have expressed their dismay and outrage after a Forth Worth, Texas, officer shot and killed a black woman inside a home where she had been playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson was killed by a single shot from a police officer who fired through a window into the home while responding to a call to check on those inside, police said in a statement.

The unidentified officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the police department and the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, police said.

Christian leaders react On social media, a number of Christian leaders expressed their heartbreak over the shooting and issued calls for justice.

On Twitter, Bible teacher and Houston, Texas, native Beth Moore called Jefferson’s killing “outrageous.”

“I am tired of shaking my head and rubbing my head and trying to think what it would be like to be Black in America. I want to be part of a CHANGE. NOW in this generation. This injustice is outrageous. What continues to go on in this nation in regard to Black Americans is madness.”

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Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, re-tweeted Moore’s sentiment, adding: “You are so right, @BethMooreLPM. I cannot FATHOM what Black people have experienced over the centuries in America and continue to experience today. Words fail. Tears fall.  #AtatianaJefferson.”

Christian author Trillian Newbell shared a photo of Jefferson holding her 8-year-old nephew along with the caption: “This picture broke me. My heart cries out for her family. #AtatianaJefferson.”

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, re-tweeted Newbell’s photo along with the caption: “Yes, Trillia. Grieving, confused. Praying for her family.”

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Author and evangelist Priscilla Shirer also shared the photo with the caption: “Lord have mercy. We speak her name. #AtatianaJefferson.”

Rich Villodas, pastor of New Life Fellowship in Queens, tweeted: “Affirming that #blacklivesmatter is not a partisan, political statement. It’s an image of God proclamation. The reason why affirming it is so important is because the vast majority of US history & current systems deny that reality. #AtatianaJefferson.”

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Jonathan Martin, the lead pastor of The Tabletweeted: “A beloved daughter of God cut down by the police–no other crime than being black in America. Spirit groan & sigh for us, through us. Let your rage come as a purifying fire. And again we ask…how long? #SayHerName #AtatianaJefferson.”

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Source: Christian Post