Police officer charged in shooting death of unarmed neighbor
Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, ” she says in Botham Sem Jean apartment accidentally at the end of her shift; Casey stegall reports.
Dallas police investigators searched for evidence to discredit a black man who was shot and killed by a white, off-duty officer, the lawyer of the family of the victim said Thursday.
The police executed multiple search warrants at Botham Jean’s apartment in the aftermath of the murder, and investigators said they found several items, including a small amount of marijuana, FOX 4 News reported.
Lee Merritt, the lawyer of Jean’s family, blasted the look on Jean’s apartment, saying that it “highlights the kind of the criminal nature of their investigation.”
“They went in with the intention to look for a kind of criminal responsibility for the victim,” Merritt said, according to USA Today. “It is a pattern that we’ve seen before…we have an agent who clearly did something wrong. And instead of investigating the murder — instead of to her apartment and see what they can find, instead of collecting data that is relevant to the murder investigation — they went out, specifically looking for ways to tarnish the image of this young man.”
This portrait provided by Harding University in Searcy, Ark., let Botham Jean.
(Jeff Montgomery/Harding University via AP)
Two bullet casings, a police-backpack, a lunch box, a laptop computer, a marijuana grinder, two electronic keys and two packets of medical assistance, were also found in Jean’s apartment, according to USA Today, citing the search warrant. Details of the warrant were released after Jean’s funeral.
Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was indicted for manslaughter after being in the wrong apartment last week shot and killed Jean, 26. An arrest affidavit obtained by Fox News said Botham reportedly ignored Guyger, the “verbal commands” before they opened fire.
Guyger was last 15 hour shift last Thursday when she returned in uniform to the South Apartments apartment complex. She parked on the fourth floor, in place of the third, where she lived, according to the affidavit submitted for the officer’s arrest warrant, possibly suggesting that she was confused or disoriented.
She said that she was in the apartment after closing the door was unlocked and ajar, and saw a figure in the darkness. Guyger reportedly gave verbal commands, because they believed that her apartment was broken into, and then drew her weapon and fired twice, the affidavit said.
When they turned on the light, she realized that she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit, which proved to be based almost entirely on the officer’s account.
Jean the family of disputes Guyger’s version of events. Lawyers for Jean’s family also questioned why it took three days for Guyger to be charged and why Guyger was so quick to use deadly force in her meeting with Jean.
Fox News’ Katherine Lamb and Frank Miles, and the AP contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.