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White Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter for Shooting Black Man in His Own Apartment

Dallas family protested the officer being free and on leave for three days after the killing.

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Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who is white, fatally shot a 26-year-old Black man, Botham Jean, in his own apartment on Thursday, claiming she entered what she thought was her own home.


After killing Jean, Guyger, age 30, was put on leave for three days before her arrest on Sunday. The Jean family lawyers protested Guyger's freedom, and announced right before she was arrested that they had a witness and video footage.

On Thursday, Jean's door was unlocked but there was also a red mat outside his door and a light that lit up his apartment number. Guyger had recently moved into the South Side Flats building in the Cedars and she went to the floor above her own.

When she entered the apartment, that had the lights off, she saw a figure in the dark and, according to the official, thought she was being burglarized and pulled her gun and fired twice.

Guyger called 911 crying and apologized to Jean according to the 911 recording: "I thought it was my apartment…I'm so sorry."

Two residents that live near Jean's apartment said they heard a lot of noise Thursday:

"It was, like, police talk: 'Open up! Open up!'" 20-year-old Caitlin Simpson said.

Yazmine Hernandez, 20, was studying with Simpson when they heard the commotion. "We heard cops yelling," she said, "but, otherwise, had no idea what was going on."

Benjamin Crump, who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, is representing the Jean family. S. Lee Merritt, one of the lawyers, said the family wanted Guyger "to be treated like every other citizen, and where there is evidence that they've committed a crime, that there's a warrant to be issued and an arrest to be made."

Allison Jean, Botham's mother, said she wondered whether the outcome would have been different if her son hadn't been Black.

"I don't want to judge her. We are Christians. We forgive," she said. "But I need to look into her eyes and ask her why did she do that to my son.

"She took away my heart. My soul. He didn't deserve to die."

Police Chief U. Renee Hall said they initially sought manslaughter charges, but delayed it because they received new information by Saturday that they wanted to investigate further. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted a statement Sunday night, offering prayers and thanking the community for respecting the investigation.

Guyger was taken to Kaufman County Jail on Sunday, but was released on bond, according to Dallas News reports.

Since 2005, only 33 law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime resulting from an on-duty shooting where someone was killed — and Roy Oliver, who killed 15 year old Jordan Edwards, a Black teen, is only the second to be convicted of murder, said Philip Stinson, an associate professor of criminology at Ohio's Bowling Green State University.

A vigil was held for Jean, a Bible study leader, Harding University graduate, and a PwC employee, where protests for ending the special treatment of police officers were a part of honoring him.

Related Story: Update: Officer's Story of Shooting Botham Jean Contradicts Witnesses

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Evelyn Miller10 Sep, 2018

This is so sad. Another senseless and questionable murder of a Black man at the hands of a White cop. She should be fired. There is no excuse (but lots of questions) for her fatal actions. You can tell by the look in her face that she knows she screwed up, royally, and is likely to lose her job (as she should) and maybe even her freedom (as she should). Sadness all around.

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Update: Black Security Guard Gunned Down by Police Was Wearing a 'SECURITY' Hat

Not only was he clearly identifiable, but officers on the scene knew Jemel Roberson. A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against "Officer John Doe" and Midloathian Village.

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Jemel Roberson, age 26, shot and killed on Sunday by a white cop in a Chicago suburb, was wearing a hat that said "SECURITY" on it, clearly identifying himself as an ally to the police.

Officers circled his body in video footage, after telling the unnamed officer, who is a four-year veteran of the force, that Roberson was "one of us."

The medical examiner in Cook County ruled Roberson's death a homicide by multiple gunshot wounds.

Beatrice Roberson, Jemel's mother, retained attorney Gregory Kulis who filed a civil rights lawsuit against "Officer John Doe" and the Village of Midloathian on Monday claiming the officer's actions were "intentional, willful and wanton" and that the shooting was "unprovoked," "unjustified" and "unreasonable."

"Jemel was trying to save people's lives," said Kulis. "He was working security. A shooting had just taken place inside the establishment. So he was doing his job and holding onto somebody until somebody arrived. And a police officer, it's our feeling didn't make the proper assessment and fired and killed Jemel."

Midloathian police expressed "heartfelt condolences" in a statement to the family.

Sherriff's office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said the man shot by police, "turned out to be a guy working security for the bar."

Roberson was the father of a nine-month-old son with Avontea Boose, and was planning on getting an apartment for his family with his earnings from the job, according to Rev. Marvin Hunter, who also said Roberson was a promising keyboard player at several churches including his, and "an upstanding man."

Hunter is the great uncle of Laquan McDonald who was also killed by police in Chicago in 2014.

A vigil held outside Manny's on Monday was wrought with expressions of frustration, grief, and demands for action:

"Why? Why did you kill him?" Roberson's cousin, Candace Ousley asked. "It doesn't make sense. The police officer just saw a black man. I believe if he was indeed white, he'd be alive."

Another man at the vigil said, "This was not reckless policing, this was homicidal policing. They saw a black man with a gun. If he did not have a gun, his black skin made him a weapon.

"As a community, we demand respectful engagement. We want the police to treat our people with just a certain amount of dignity and respect. They patrol the Black community like some . . . Gestapo being judge, jury and executioner."

Another vigil attendee, Harvey Alderman Keith Price, called on State's Attorney Kim Foxx to open an investigation into the shooting.

"This could have been my son. This could have been any one of our sons," Price said. "So Kim Foxx, do the right thing, open up a full out investigation. That's what you got elected for."

Lane Tech College Prep, where Roberson graduated from, tweeted a remembrance of Roberson:

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