DALLAS – Search warrants are issued for a video of addresses in the vicinity of the apartment complex where a white Dallas police officer killed her black neighbor in his house this month, according to newly obtained court documents.
The three warrants obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, giving new insight on the investigation into the death of Botham Jean, 26, who was fatally shot in his apartment on Sept. 6 by the off-duty Dallas Officer Amber Guyger.
Guyger told the police that they mistook Jean’s apartment for her own. She is free on bond after being booked, Sept. 9 on a provisional charge of manslaughter.
A judge last week signed the search warrant. One of the warrants sought to obtain from video-surveillance cameras and images of the camera from an address near the apartment complex. An other warrant will be required to grab video from a separate address, also in the vicinity of the apartment complex where Jean was fatally shot.
Other court filings obtained last week it was revealed that a researcher from the Dallas County district attorney’s office seized all of the electronic door lock of Guyger’s apartment and of the data downloaded from the lock. The researcher also seized the electronic lock of the door of Jean’s apartment, according to the documents.
Since the shooting, the Dallas County District Attorney, Faith Johnson, has undertaken an aggressive investigation of her office.
“We are committed to making certain that we get to the bottom of (it),” Johnson said at a press conference days after the shooting.
In a later written statement, Johnson said her team has worked “around the clock”, and they asked the public to be patient during the examination.
Lawyers of Jean’s family and others have demanded that Guyger be dismissed.
The police U. Renee Hall said in a statement that no action will be taken against Guyger, because they do not want to interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation. With Guyger a statement during an administrative investigation could jeopardize the criminal probe, ” she said.
The department general orders Hall to bypass all disciplinary procedures to give an immediate decision when she finds it is “necessary for the preservation of the integrity of the Department.”