Killer Cop Amber Guyger, Charged With Manslaughter After She Claims She Entered Wrong Apartment Of Neighbor She Murdered – Botham Shem Jean
A Dallas police officer who authorities said entered an apartment she thought was hers and killed a young man has been arrested on a manslaughter charge.
Amber Guyger, 30, was taken into custody Sunday evening amid intensifying calls for her arrest and accusations that police are showing deferential treatment to one of their own. The shooting death of Botham Shem Jean, 26, also has become a rallying cry for advocates against police brutality — although much is still unknown about the circumstances surrounding his death.
Jean was shot Thursday night in his apartment building near downtown Dallas. Guyger, still in uniform after working a shift, went inside Jean’s apartment, thinking it was hers, police said. Guyger fired her service weapon and struck Jean, her neighbor. She called 911, and Jean died at a hospital. A video taken from outside the building shows the officer on her phone, pacing back and forth outside the apartment and crying. Paramedics were later seen moving a man on a gurney and performing CPR on him.
Despite the arrest, Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, said several questions about her son’s death remain unanswered.
“The number one answer that I want is, ‘What happened?’” Allison Jean told reporters Monday. “I have asked too many questions, and I’ve been told that there are no answers yet. I’m looking forward to the powers that be to come up with the answers to make me more satisfied that they are doing what is in the best interest of getting justice for Botham.”
Allison Jean stood in the middle of her two other children, a son and a daughter, as she spoke to reporters — her way of representing Botham, her middle child.
Officials were still tight-lipped Monday about what happened inside Jean’s apartment, what the officer’s physical and mental states were at the time, whether she was under the influence of a controlled substance, why she thought Jean’s apartment was hers, and why a trained officer seemed so quick to use deadly force. It also is still unclear why investigators held off for three days before charging Guyger with manslaughter.
Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall had said earlier that her office was in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant but that it was postponed after the Texas Ranger Division, a separate agency that took over the case, asked for more time. Hall said investigators had interviewed Guyger and sought more time to look into the information she gave them.
Things changed Sunday evening, when Guyger turned herself in at Kaufman County jail, just outside Dallas.
Around that time, Lee Merritt, a Dallas civil rights lawyer who represents Jean’s family, told reporters that his law firm had just presented a witness and video evidence to the district attorney’s office that “could change the course of the investigation” and lead to the officer’s arrest.
Merritt did not elaborate, citing the pending investigation.
[A police officer walked into a man’s home — mistaking it for her own — and killed him, police say]
A grand jury will ultimately decide on the final charges against Guyger. It could look at charges such as murder, a first-degree felony, or the lesser charge of manslaughter, a second-degree felony.
Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson vowed thoroughness and fairness as her office prepares to present the case to the grand jury.
“We’re going to unravel whatever we need to unravel. We’re going to unturn whatever we need to unturn. And we are going to present a full case to the grand jury,” Johnson told reporters.
Guyger, who has been with the police department for four years and is now on administrative leave, has since been freed on a $300,000 bail. The Dallas Morning News reported that her attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The delay in the officer’s arrest frustrated Jean’s family members, who arrived in Dallas from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where Jean was born. It also raised questions about whether investigators were showing deferential treatment to the officer.
“In any normal case where there’s probable cause . . . you make an arrest,” Merritt told The Washington Post earlier Sunday, before Guyger was arrested. “When law enforcement [is under investigation], for some reason, we don’t use the normal protocol in dealing with criminal activity.”
Merritt said Jean and the officer did not know each other. The officer’s apartment was directly below Jean’s, he said.
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