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 a fatal shooting involving an off-duty Dallas police officer (all times are local):
Family members of a white Dallas police officer charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a black neighbor denies allegations on social media that a number of them made racist gestures in the photos posted on the internet.
An arrest affidavit says Amber Guyger told the researchers that they mistook Botham Jean apartment for her own and shot him thinking he was an intruder.
Some people on social media have accused the officer’s brother-in-law, Noe Garza, of the hand gestures in photos as a symbol of “white power”. But Garza told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that he and the other members of the family do not support white supremacists.
Garza said his hand gestures were designed to the shape of the number “6” and “9” in the celebration of his father-in-law’s 69th birthday.
The newspaper said Guyger the family refused to discuss with her or with the shooting.
The head of the police in Dallas, says she is concerned to hear of the reports that pepper-spray projectiles were used in a protest about the death of a black man who was fatally shot in his apartment by a white off-duty officer.
Monday’s demonstration came a day after the Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was arrested for murder in the mysterious death of her neighbor, 26-year-old Botham Jean. The authorities have said, ” Guyger said they mistook Jean’s apartment for her own.
Protesters gathered outside Dallas police headquarters, and several dozen blocked traffic as they marched. News reports said that police used the pepper-spray projectiles at a single point to control the crowd.
The police U. Renee Hall says that she plans to meet with protest leaders to “address their concerns.” She says that she is asked for a “full review.”
Hall says the projectiles should only be used if there is a direct threat to the public or as a scene commander calls for them to be used.
Lawyers of the family of a black man who was shot and killed by a white Dallas police officer who says that she mistook his apartment for her criticism, a sworn statement that gives a story of what happened.
The lawyers said that the arrest affidavit released Monday in contradiction with the neighbors’ accounts.
In the midst of their worry, though, the public prosecutor said that the case against Amber Guyger get a hard look by her office and be presented to a grand jury, that can decide on the more serious charges than manslaughter in the last week of the shooting of the 26-year-old Botham Jean.
Benjamin Crump, one of the lawyers of Jean’s family, said the affidavit “is a very self-serving.”
Lee Merritt, who also represents the family, calling it an attempt to “condone what happened, give her a break.”