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‘See each other as human beings’ : Police mediation program aims to restore community trust

‘See each other as human beings’ : Police mediation program aims to restore community trust

Jamaal Johnson and his wife moved to south Fort Worth in 2018. A year later, former Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson inside her home.

A Black man born in East Texas, Johnson, 33, was no stranger to negative interactions with the police. He recalled growing up seeing his father pulled over without reason by officers, and then experiencing the same kind of targeting as a teen and adult. Those experiences left him pessimistic about policing.

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