Category Archives: Fort Worth Police

Ft. Worth Mayor Parker delivers a message regarding trial of former Ft. Worth officer

Atatiana Jefferson (L) and Former Ft. Worth Officer Aaron Dean (R)

The presiding judge has not yet set a date for the criminal trial of a former Fort Worth police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Atatiana Jefferson in October 2019.

Mayor Mattie Parker on Friday shared a message with the Fort Worth community regarding the pending trial timeline:

“I hear, and share in, our community’s growing concern regarding the criminal trial of former City of Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean.

“Until this criminal trial is resolved, Fort Worth cannot reconcile or move forward as a more unified community, and more importantly, Atatiana Jefferson’s family and friends cannot begin to find healing.

“The full responsibility and sole authority to set the trial date lies with Judge Hagerman, and the city has no control over when the trial moves forward. I realize that Tarrant County courts are balancing a full docket with hundreds of cases that are lagging behind schedule due to the effects of the pandemic.

“Despite these obstacles, it is imperative that a trial date be set as soon as possible.

“As mayor, I am committed to ensuring the City of Fort Worth honors Atatiana Jefferson’s legacy and the family she left behind. I will be reaching out to her family to listen and better understand the best ways to accomplish that goal.”

3 major North Texas cities searching for new police chiefs

The three biggest cities in North Texas are all searching for new police chiefs — Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington. But all may be looking for something different. Former Arlington PD Chief Theron Bowman, who is now a nationally known police consultant, joins Good Day to talk about each city.

To view the interview on FOX4, click HERE.

‘We’re damn proud of it’: Fort Worth police chief praises community for finding Salem Sabatka

By Jake Harris

Updated at 8:35 p.m. Monday, May 20 with new information on Michael Webb’s bond amount.

Editor’s note: Due to the horrifying nature of this crime and the fact that the victim is a minor, WFAA will no longer show Salem Sabatka’s picture.

Less than 24 hours after she was kidnapped from her mother while taking a walk in their Fort Worth neighborhood, 8-year-old Salem Sabatka is back with her family and her suspected kidnapper is behind bars.

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Police have not yet released a motive for the kidnapping, carried out by 51-year-old Michael Webb of Tyler, who has a criminal record with a history of terroristic threats, sex assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, among others, according to records.

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