Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Beto O'Rourke: Officer in Botham Jean shooting should be fired

Beto O'Rourke: Officer in Botham Jean shooting should be fired

A family attorney says a police search warrant request shows that investigators were looking for information that would "assassinate" Botham Jean's character.

But experts on police training and psychologists are split on the credibility of Officer Amber Guyger's story. He was black. The officer was white.

Guyger shot a suspect in the abdomen in 2017 after he had taken her Taser away from her in a struggle.

Jean's death 10 days ago is the latest in a long line of police killings, but one slight consolation is that the extreme circumstances of it have at least served to highlight the troubling recourse to deadly violence that is an all-too-common...

Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, who lived in the unit directly below Jean's, returned to her apartment complex after work last Thursday night.

It has been the standard practice of the department to await indictment by a grand jury before firing police officers, although there have been situations in the past where an officer was sacked prior to the grand jury's decision.

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"It was an unnecessary, tactless, black eye and quite frankly the Dallas Police Department should have sealed those warrants", Merritt said.

At his funeral, Jean was described as an talented and passionate man, who confided to his uncle that he might want to become prime minister of his native Caribbean island country of St. Lucia.

Still, Jean's mother condemned the release of the information about drugs in her son's apartment. "You get the warrant out of an abundance of caution and you list in the warrant anything that could possibly be relevant ... so that nobody can complain about it later". They re-edited the story and changed the headline from featuring breaking news about marijuana in the apartment to one that now says "Lawyers disgusted by release of search warrant showing marijuana found in Botham Jean's apartment".

A large group of protestors gathered once again Friday afternoon at the Dallas Police Department to demand that Officer Guyger be fired and that she be charged with murder instead of manslaughter.

"I'm confident this district attorney's office is taking this case seriously", he said. A judge authorized police to search for guns, fired cartridge casings, trace evidence such as blood, video surveillance and also "any contraband, such as narcotics", according to the affidavit for a search warrant, which the Fort Worth Star-Telegram posted online. She then called 911. His mother asked people to stop "smearing" her son's name.

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