At the ELLE 2019 Women in Hollywood event, the Queen & Slim director gave a powerful speech about the impact of Atatiana Jefferson’s case.
On the morning of October 12th, Jefferson, only 28 years old, had called the Fort Worth Police Department’s nonemergency line to request a welfare check. According to her lawyers, officer Aaron Dean arrived while she was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew.
Body camera footage revealed that Dean stood up in Jefferson’s backyard with a flashlight and a gun and briefly yelled through her bedroom window before firing a fatal shot through the glass.
To read more from Melina’s speech and to watch the full video, click here.