Dallas police under fire for ‘criminalizing the victim’ of deadly police shooting

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 14, 2018

Starting at the downtown Dallas police headquarters, protesters marched to Jean's apartment building, urging effect for his senseless killing.

The family of Botham Shem Jean, the unarmed black man who authorities say was fatally shot by a Dallas police officer inside his own apartment, spent Thursday celebrating his life.

"I think it's unfortunate that law enforcement begin to immediately criminalize the victim - in this case, someone who was clearly was the victim that has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home", said Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean's family.

An a cappella group from the school called the Good News Singers, where Jean was a member, stood in front of his casket and performed several gospel songs as Jean's parents, Allison and Bertrand, watched from the front row along with their other children, Allisa Charles-Findley and Brandt Jean.

"He said to me as a black man in Dallas, you don't walk with your hands in your pockets. We all bleed red". The warrant does not say to whom it belongs, but Merritt said "it has so little relevance" that it doesn't matter. She was jailed Sunday but released that night after posting $300,000 bond.

Botham's funeral will be held Thursday.

"I'm honored to pay tribute to Bo in his memory with all of you, for you are the people who loved Bo and the people that Bo loved the most, and especially to Bo's family".

The affidavit says that Jean was home alone when a uniformed Guyger, who had just ended her shift, arrived at the complex and parked on its fourth floor, which corresponds to the floor Jean lived on, not Guyger. Merritt also revealed that the same day as Jean's killing, someone in Guyger's unit made a noise complaint about Jean's apartment. "She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door key hole".

After the door opened, "Guyger observed that the apartment interior was almost completely dark".

Guyger claimed in her affidavit that Jean's door was ajar when she entered and then shot him dead after he ignored verbal commands.

"He was always in the service of others, even when it wasn't convenient for him", Alexis Stossel, a friend of Botham Jean from college said at his funeral in a suburban Dallas. She turned on the interior lights while on the phone with 911. "She heard pounding at the door".

And in the case of 18-year-old Michael Brown, shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, police zeroed in on Brown's alleged attempt to steal cigars from a convenience store prior to the shooting, while critics fired back that it had nothing to do with it. In the affidavit, Guyger claimed that Jean was across the room in her apartment at the time of the shooting.

The news of Guyger's arrest broke on the evening of September 9, 2018 after two days of confusion about whether Guyger, 30, would face charges in the weird shooting death of Botham Shem Jean, a Saint Lucian man who moved to America to attend a Christian college and later got a job in risk assessment for a prominent company in Dallas.

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