White Dallas police officer arrested, charged with manslaughter in fatal shooting of unarmed black man in
his own apartment
September 10, 2018
Dallas Police officer Amber Guyger
Botham Shem Jean. Photo: Facebook
DALLAS, TEXAS) -- In a case that has not only stunned and angered the Dallas community, but on the face of it appears to defy logic and common sense, a white Dallas Police officer was arrested Sunday in the shooting death of a black man whose only crime appeared to be sitting in his own home, minding his own business when the officer walked into his apartment by mistake thinking it was hers.
Shortly after walking in and for reasons still unclear, bullets blasted from the officer's gun and severely wounded 26-year old Botham Shem Jean, a college educated man with no reported history of criminality, according to a family attorney.
Arrested was 30-year old Amber Guyger, who was off-duty but in uniform when she shot Mr. Jean after mistakenly entering his apartment at the complex where she also lived, police said on Thursday.
Mr. Jean was a native of St. Lucia who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas. He died at a local hospital.
Guyger, a Dallas resident and four-year employee of the police department was charged with manslaughter, according to jail records. She was released from the Kaufman County Jail on Sunday night after posting a $300,000 bond.
One of Jaean’s family’s attorneys, Benjamin Crump told reporters Sunday night, "We're still dealing in America with black people being killed in some of the most arbitrary ways, driving while black, walking while black and now we have to add living while black.”
He said of Mr. Jean, "He had no criminal history. He was an amazing student. He was an amazing citizen. He loved God...he earned a bachelor's degree from Harding University in Arkansas in 2016,” and that Jean was "living, doing everything that you want a young person to do."
Prior to the officer’s arrest, Jean's family and their attorneys met with Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson to demand Guyger’s arrest, according to the family’s attorneys.
Another of the family’s attorneys, S. Lee Merritt told reporters on Sunday, “We don't need evidence beyond a reasonable doubt at this point. At this point, we need probable cause of a crime. And the existence of probable cause is painstakingly clear to everyone."
Merritt said attorneys presented prosecutors with a witness as well as some video evidence which was not evidence of the shooting itself but outside of that, was not described by the attorney in any detail.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings thanked the Texas Rangers and had praise for Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall, who asked the Texas Rangers to take over the investigation into the shooting death.
In a statement Rawlngs asked community members to, "Please continue to pray for the family of Botham Jean tonight and in the weeks and months ahead.”
CNN quoted one of Mr. Jean’s coworkers from PricewaterhouseCoopers as saying, "This world has lost a light in the dark.”