Ex-police officer Aaron Dean, convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Atatiana Jefferson, was found to be unfit to be a police officer before he was hired, according to the Dallas Morning News. Witnesses in the trial pretty much obliterated the argument that Jefferson posed a threat. However, one witness suggested Dean he posed more of a threat before even receiving his badge.
Jury deliberation followed the testimony of psychologist Kyle Clayton who evaluated Dean ahead of being hired by the Fort Worth Police Department. The tea is that Dean exhibited “grandiose, domineering and over-controlling” personality traits. In conclusion, Clayton found him unfit “psychologically” to serve and protect as an officer because his decision making – such as hastily shooting at Atatiana through a window—would be inhibited by narcissism and put people at risk.
Before we celebrate justice being served, let’s circle back to his diagnosis…because this isn’t the first time a crooked cops exhibited red flags before joining the line of duty. For the past few years we’ve been finding out far too late that the “bad apples” weren’t deserving of their jobs. Consider the “emotionally inept” cop who killed Tamir Rice in 2014, Timothy Loehmann.
The cop who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose II in 2018 in East Pittsburgh, Pa., Officer Michael Rosfeld, left his previous job as a cop on the University of Pittsburgh police force after being accused of making misleading statements in official reports. He later sued, arguing he was wrongfully terminated, but a judge dismissed his claim.
Six months later, he killed Rose just a few hours into what was literally his first patrol in East Pittsburgh. Although Rosfeld was found to have violated multiple policies and failed to disclose his troubling history with prior police departments, he was acquitted in Rose’s death.
The East Pittsburgh Police force was disbanded shortly after the Rose case was closed. This is why police reform should include a more thorough screening for cop candidates.
Source : Yahoo