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Ex-Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder in Botham Jean Shooting

A grand jury began hearing evidence in the case on Monday.

Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, has been indicted by a Dallas County grand jury on a murder charge in the killing of Botham Jean.

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Update: Officer's Story of S​hooting Botham Jean Contradicts Witnesses

Witnesses say they heard the officer say, "Let me in. Let me in."


Botham "Bo" Jean was killed around 10 p.m. on Thursday night by Amber Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas police department, who just ended her shift and returned to her apartment complex.

The 911 call said she cried after shooting Jean in the chest, and apologized saying she thought it was her apartment. Her arrest warrant says that Guyger reports drawing her gun when she saw a figure in the dark apartment, giving verbal commands—which were ignored—and then firing two shots.

But witnesses, according to the family lawyers, say that they heard sounds and talking that contradict that report.

"They heard knocking down the hallway followed by a woman's voice that they believe to be officer Guyger saying, 'Let me in. Let me in,'" attorney Lee Merritt said.

After the gunshots, a man's voice was heard.

"What we believe to be the last words of Botham Jean which was 'Oh my god, why did you do that?'" Merritt said.

There were two witnesses, Caitlyn Simpson and Yasmine Hernandez, that heard a lot of noise on the fourth floor that night, including 'police talk', like: "Open up!"

There was also a video taken by witnesses of Jean being rolled out on a stretcher, with EMS performing chest compressions on him.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson is collecting all of the evidence before presenting to a grand jury, which could decide to up the charges to murder.

"We're going to unravel what we need to unravel, unturn what we need to unturn, and present a full case to the grand jury of Dallas County," Johnson said.

Protests were held Monday night outside the police department as questions still remain:

What were the results of the blood test for Guyger, and why did police respond from 30 miles away, rather than Dallas police headquarters that was two blocks away?

The family's lawyers are also still asking why Guyger was allowed to leave the scene without handcuffs and not be arrested for three days. "You or I would be arrested if we went to the wrong apartment and blow a hole in a person's chest, killing them," said Benjamin Crump.

The officer was arrested Sunday, and released on $300,000 bail as of Monday. She is on paid administrative leave.

Botham Jean's funeral is on Thursday.

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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.


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.

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GOP Candidate to Reward His Kids Who Marry Whites Only, No Same-sex Partner

Vickers Cunningham is said to be a longtime racist.

Vickers "Vic" Cunningham, a former Dallas judge who's running in the Republican primary runoff election for Dallas county commissioner on Tuesday, decided to provide his children a monetary incentive to condone homophobia and racism. Cunningham set up a living trust with a clause rewarding his children if they marry a white, straight Christian.

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Armed 'White Lives Matter' Group Protests at NAACP in Houston

Organizer Ken Reed said amid Confederate flags, "Obviously we're exercising our Second Amendment rights but that's because we have to defend ourselves."

Organizer Ken Reed said amid Confederate flags, "Obviously we're exercising our Second Amendment rights but that's because we have to defend ourselves."

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Black Artists Host Events to Show Unity with Law Enforcement

Rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg have joined with Los Angeles mayor and police chief to show unity in a time of tension and violence between Black community and police.

The Game, Eric Garcetti, Big Boy (a local radio DJ who attended the event), Rizza Islam and Tony Muhammad on Sunday. Photo from The Game's Instagram account

In a time of violent and tense relations between law enforcement and Black citizens, celebrities in the Black community are using their status as role models to show their solidarity with police and community leaders.

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Sharp Split in Attitudes Toward #BLM Between Political Parties

Is the BLM movement destined to be as successful as the Civil Rights Movement? Early results say yes.

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A new poll found a sharp contrast between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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BLM and All Lives Matter Groups Meet ... and Embrace

Opposing activists met in Dallas, and the unexpected happened.

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Protesters Arrested, Obama Seeks Unity, Families Call for Peace

Protests, racial comments and rising tensions filled the weekend following the Dallas tragedy.

Protesters in Baton Rouge were arrested over the weekend.

With the backdrop of nationwide protests over police shootings last week and the tragedy in Dallas, comments over the weekend ranged from President Barack Obama saying we are not in a race war to Bill O'Reilly calling Black Lives Matter a "hate America" group.

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Confederate Flag Raised Again at South Carolina State Capitol

Despite the incidents last week in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas, and protests in cities across the country, the South Carolina Secessionist Party ignored requests to postpone its Confederate flag-raising rally; while The New York Post suggests civil war.

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By Sheryl Estrada

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'No possible justification' for Shooting in Dallas, President Says

Obama called the murders "senseless" and stressed that support for the Black men recently killed by police does not negate support for law enforcement.

A peaceful protest in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile turned deadly last night when a sniper or snipers opened fire and killed five Dallas police officers and injured at least seven others, as well as two civilians.

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A reader named Julie posted this comment on an article this morning: "Luke, you are the problem with what happened in Dallas last night. People like you that love to race bait and divide Americans are to blame for 5 police officers being shot. You are creating a hostile, angry group of people that want to blame innocent cops"

Here's my response:

Then is it true that you and all white people "are the problem" for Black people unjustly killed by police?

No, of course not. But, Michael Eric Dyson said it well in a column in today's New York Times: "The problem is you do not want to know anything different from what you think you know."

President Obama has it right: "…yesterday I spoke about our need to be concerned as all Americans about racial discrimination in our criminal justice system. I also said our police have an extremely difficult job and the vast majority do their job in outstanding fashion."

In the broadest possible measurement (including people who are clearly mentally ill — or acting out of self-hate), 93 Americans have been killed by "Islamic Terrorists" in the past 15 years (in this country since 9/11). 136 people were killed by police just this year. No doubt, some died as an outcome of their own actions, like the homicidal maniac last night in Dallas.

However, there will only be only two viable candidates for president in November. Trump has had nothing to say about racial injustice, but has had an awful lot to say about "Muslim terrorism," including calling for a complete halt of Muslim immigration and insinuating that mass deportation would be a good thing. Hillary, in her typically overcautious and over analyzed manner, finally tweeted "Something is profoundly wrong when so many Americans have reason to believe that our country doesn't consider them as precious as others because of the color of their skin" on July 7.

My point is that our "national leaders" are out of touch with our very real problems, and have been for years — as we allow ourselves to be manipulated by charlatans. So Julie, "race bait" or justice?

There's something missing with people who don't understand "Black Lives Matter" — their empathy, understanding of history, sense of justice, being conscious of the world they live in and common human decency. In many cases, it's just racism, but not in most.

Our society is at risk as we inexorably move towards "minority-majority" in just 25 years. Something is wrong with people who allow themselves to be manipulated by racists and hatemongers like the so-called religious leaders who don't see what's literally written on the wall next to them.

Jerry Falwell Jr., his wife and trump pose in trump's office last week. From Rev. Falwell's tweet.

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