White Police Officer Who Killed Black Man Will Stand Trial
DALLAS - October 29, 2018
The family of a 26-year-old black man who was fatally shot in his own apartment by a white former Dallas police officer filed a federal lawsuit on Friday.
According to the suit, the policewoman, Amber Guyger, used excessive force when she first shot both of the man’s legs and then fatally shot him in the head. The victim was 26-year-old St. Lucia native Botham Jean. He was at home when a police officer came in and opened fire.
As she later explained, the officer was tired and mistook his apartment for her own and thought she'd encountered an intruder.
The lawsuit is directed against both Guyger and the city of Dallas.
The woman was charged with manslaughter several days after the incident and has been fired from the Dallas Police, according to the Department.
The lawsuit also contends that the department did not adequately train Guyger and adds that the agency trains its officers to use deadly force "even when there exists no immediate threat to themselves or others."
Thus, according to the police report, the accused went to the wrong apartment after a long shift on September 6. The door into "her" flat was ajar and then she noticed a suspicious figure in the dark apartment.
She drew her firearm moments later and shot three times, hitting Jean once in the torso, once in the leg, and once in the head, according to the affidavit.
Lee Merritt, one of the attorneys for Jean's family, has cast doubt on the narrative. Merritt has said that two independent witnesses told him they heard knocking on the door in the hallway before the shooting.
He said one witness reported hearing a woman's voice saying, "Let me in! Let me in!"
Close relatives of Jean have stated that they believe the murder was due to racial considerations.