This photo provided by the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office shows Amber Renee Guyger. Guyger, a Dallas police officer, was arrested Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, on a murder warrant in the shooting of a black man in his house, Texas authorities said. The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a press release that Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail and the investigation is ongoing. It said that no additional information is available at this time. (Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
DALLAS – The Latest on the shooting of a man by a Dallas police officer who said they mistook his apartment for her own (all times are local):
The group Mothers Against police brutality, says the arrest of a white Dallas officer in off-duty shooting death of her black neighbor is a “first step” toward justice and responsibility.
Officer Amber Guyger was arrested Sunday on a murder charge and later released on bond. They fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday at Jean’s apartment. Guyger told responding officers that she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own.
A co-founder of Mothers Against police brutality, Sara Mokuria, says the group is pleased with the arrest, but is of the opinion that it should come days ago. Mokuria says police officers should be held to a higher level of responsibility and not afforded special treatment.
She says that the future of the group is expected to have transparency and accountability in the case.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted a statement Sunday night in which he thanked the researchers asked for the continued prayers for Jean’s family and said he appreciated the citizens and leaders of the community “were so respectful of the investigation process over the past few days.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety says a white Dallas police officer was arrested on a murder warrant in the shooting of a black man in his apartment.
The ministry said in a press release Sunday night that the Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail and the investigation is ongoing. It said that no additional information is available at this time.
The 30-year-old Guyger killed 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thursday.
The police says Guyger shot in Jean after his return in uniform to the South Flats, where they both had apartments, after her shift. She reported the shooting to dispatchers, and she told officers who responded that they had mistaken Jean apartment for her own.
The lawyer of the family of a 26-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer who said they mistook his apartment for her to call for her to be charged.
S. Lee Merritt, as representative of the family of the 26-year-old Botham Jean, said Saturday that the family does not appeal to the authorities to jump to conclusions or to refuse Officer Amber Guyger her right to a fair trial.
But he says that they want Guyger “to be treated like every other citizen, and there is evidence that they have committed a crime, that a warrant be issued and an arrest to be made.”
Online records show that Guyger yet not at the expense of the Sunday morning.