Dallas police officer accused in neighbor’s death dismissed

FILE – in This file photo provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office shows Amber Renee Guyger. Guyger, a Dallas police officer accused of fatally shooting her neighbor in his own apartment, has turned down, the police announced Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The Dallas Police Department fired Guyger weeks after they fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in his own apartment on Sept. 6. Court records show Guyger said that they thought they had encountered a burglar in her own home.(Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

In DALLAS, A white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbour in his own apartment, was dismissed Monday, the day the man was buried in his Caribbean country.

The police U. Renee Hall sacked Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to a statement posted on Twitter . Guyger is charged with murder in the Sept. 6 shooting that left the 26-year-old Botham Jean died, and she was fired because of her arrest, according to the Dallas police.

Court records show Guyger said that they thought they had encountered a burglar in her own home. She turned herself in three days later , and is currently out on bond.

A statement from the police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger “working with negative behavior when she was arrested for the Murder.” Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell said later that when a driver is arrested for a crime, “undesirable behavior” is often cited in the officer’s termination.

Mitchell said that negative behaviour “behaviour, which is prejudicial to the (moral) or the efficiency of the Department or which tends to have a negative impact on the lower, to destroy public respect and confidence in the Department or official.”

Lawyers of Jean-family, together with the protesters, are calling for Guyger, a four-year veteran of the force, to be fired since the shooting. The family’s lawyers released a statement saying they see the cancellation as a first victory.

“However, we are committed to seeing the next steps of the process of a proper murder indictment, conviction and appropriate sentencing,” the statement said.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has said that the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide a more serious charge than manslaughter.

One of the family’s lawyers, Lee Merritt, said Jean was buried Monday in St. Lucia.

There are conflicting stories about what led up to the shooting.

Guyger told the researchers that she had just ended a shift, when she returned in uniform to the South Flats apartment complex where she lived.

She said when she put her key in the door of the apartment, which was unlocked and ajar, it opened, according to the affidavit. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette on the other side of the room, according to the officer’s account.

Guyger ” she said, and she closed her apartment was broken into and gave verbal commands to the person that they are ignored. The affidavit said she then drew her weapon and fired twice.

She called 911. Asked where she was, she returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. The 911 tapes are not released.

But according to a declaration for a search warrant, Jean, “confronted with the officer at the door.”

After the recording, Guyger’s blood was drawn to be tested for alcohol and drugs, according to Hall. The authorities have not released results.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said that he agrees with the decision to fire Guyger.

“The rapid termination of an official who is involved in the misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department, which is to win and retain the confidence of the public,” Rawlings said in a statement.

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