A Dallas police officer was charged on Sunday with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a neighbor, who authorities said was shot by the officer when she walked into an apartment she thought was her own and mistook the man living there for an intruder. Ryan Brooks reports.
The Dallas officer who shot and killed her neighbour in his own home has been charged with manslaughter.
30 year-old Amber Guyger was arrested Sunday three days after she shot and killed 26 year-old Botham Shem Jean.
But authorities say she was later released after posting a 300 thousand dollar bond.
The shooting happened late Thursday evening.
Guyger had just finished a late shift when she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment, thinking it was her own.
At the time she was still in her uniform.
BOTHAM JEAN’S FAMILY ATTORNEY LEE MERRITT:
“When people saw her in the public, they believed they were looking at a police officer, and that’s critically important because it gives her access, that gives her in a lot of ways deferential treatment to the public, and that for us enhances the culpability of this officer.”
There’s been outcry over the case with critics saying Guyger was given preferential treatment by the police.
The shooting is the latest in a flurry of recent high-profile cases, where unarmed black men have died at the hands of white police officers around the country.
ATTORNEY BENJAMIN CRUMP:
“He went to his grave never knowing why the police officer came into his apartment and shot him.”
Police say a blood sample has been taken from Guyger to see whether there were any drugs or alcohol in her system.
But the investigation has been turned over to the Texas rangers because of the sensitivity of the matter.
Authorities have come under fire from Jean’s family for saying initially that Guyger would be arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, but then delaying in bringing a case against the officer.
BOTHAM JEAN’S MOTHER ALLISON JEAN:
“Botham never saw color, he never saw race, Botham wanted all of us to unite, to be together.”
Jean’s attorney says his remains would be sent to his family’s home in the Caribbean.