The mother of black man shot by white Dallas officer wonders if race played a crucial role

This Sept. 21, 2017, photo by Harding University in Search, Ark., let Botham Jean to lead worship at a university presidential reception in Dallas.


The mother of a black man who was shot and killed by a white Dallas police officer after they mistook his apartment for her own, is questioning whether race played a role in the tragedy.

Allison Jean seemed to imply in an interview Friday — after learning that the white female civil servant has the murderer of her son, 26-year-old Botham Jean — that events could have played differently had he also white.

“I didn’t know she was white until now. If it is a white man, would it have been different? Would they have reacted differently?” she asked KXAS.


The as-years unnamed officer, who arrived at her apartment complex in uniform after working a shift on Thursday evening, called dispatch to report the shooting. And she reportedly told responding officers she believed the victim’s apartment had her own, when she entered.

Jean was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The authorities said Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, that a Dallas police officer returning home from work shot and killed Jean, a neighbor, when she said that she mistook his apartment for her own.


It was not immediately clear how the officer was in the apartment or what other factors may lead to the recording.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, while police and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to perform a joint investigation.

Dallas’ police chief, U. Renee Hall, said Friday that the officer would be charged with manslaughter, but on Saturday afternoon, the arrest warrant has not yet been issued; Texas Rangers, who will carry out an independent investigation, asked the department to hold off, because they needed more time to look into the shooting.

Jean attended Harding University in Arkansas, and, after her graduation in 2016, he lives and works in Dallas at the accounting and consulting firm PwC. The private school said Friday that he often led campus worship services, while he was a student.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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