Officer Amber Guyger Fired After Fatally Shooting Botham Shem Jean

Sep 25, 2018, 00:32
Officer Amber Guyger Fired After Fatally Shooting Botham Shem Jean

She said at a press conference that she was "prohibited" from firing her and, in a statement, said, "As an employer, DPD can compel Officer Guyger to provide a statement during a DPD administrative investigation and those statements given to DPD could potentially compromise the criminal investigation".

Investigators are seeking security footage to trace the white Dallas police officer's movements the night she killed her black neighbor in his own apartment earlier this month.

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Just last week, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall was insisting she could not fire Amber Guyger, the 30-year-old officer who shot and killed Botham Jean in his own home on September 6.

On the day after the shooting, Chief Hall said her department was seeking manslaughter charges against Guyger, a four-year veteran of the police force. She remains free on $300,000 bond. Attorneys representing Jean's family allege independent witnesses heard banging in the hallway before Guyger shot Jean, which would undermine Guyger's claim that she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment.

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On Sept. 14, protesters rallied from the Dallas Police Department, near the apartments where Guyger shot Jean, to downtown. "While nothing can bring him back, DPD's firing of Guyger is the first step towards justice for Botham Shem Jean". According to DPD's general rules, "The Chief of Police may circumvent all formal disciplinary procedures to render an immediate decision when it deems it necessary to preserve the integrity of the department". When an officer has been arrested for a crime, adverse conduct is often cited in the officer's termination, he said.

She said when she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, according to the affidavit.

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The police department said Guyger was terminated for her actions. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer's account. Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could determine stronger charges for Guyger. She told the city council's Public Safety Committee that she is ending the 72-hour wait period for obtaining statements from officers who are involved in shootings.