The man identified as the father of a black woman who was shot dead by a white Texas cop on Saturday, says he wants no hug.
Marquis Jefferson, said to be a father figure of the deceased but not her biological father, described the fatal shooting of his daughter Atatiana Jefferson as ‘senseless’, according to US media reports.
His reference to wanting no hug was an obvious allusion to a controversial embrace during the murder trial of former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger.
Guyger was sentenced to ten years in jail for killing the unarmed Saint Lucian native, Botham Jean, 26, in his own apartment in September last year.
She claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment for hers and thought he was a burglar.
But in a gesture that reverberated around the world, Botham Jean’s younger brother Brandt announced his forgiveness for Guyger and embraced her in court.
The move ignited a firestorm on social media, drawing both criticism and praise.
Judge Tammy Kemp, who presided over the Amber Guyger trial, also embraced the murder convict in court.
“Unlike Botham Jean, I don’t want no hug. That’s my one and only daughter,” CBSDWF quoted Marquis Jefferson as saying with reference to the slaying of Atatiana.
Like Botham Jean, Atatiana was shot inside her home.
Fort Worth police descended on the woman’s home after a concerned neighbour called to report that her door was open.
An officer is reported to have walked towards a bedroom window where the deceased was standing and ordered her to put her hands up.
According to CBSDWF, not even a full second after the order, Atatiana was shot dead.
NBC News says at no point did the shooter identify himself as an officer.
The shooting has rekindled a sense of outrage among community leaders who are demanding justice.
Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jefferson’s family, said Atatiana Jefferson had been babysitting her 8-year-old nephew at the time of the shooting.
Merritt is also one of the attorneys representing the family of the late Botham Jean.