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Dallas officer kills unarmed man in his own apartment

by Christopher Suarez - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 05:00 pm
Deadly force - Former Dallas police officer,  Amber Guyger (left) was charged with shooting her unarmed neighbor, Botham Jean (right) inside his own apartment.
Deadly force - Former Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger (left) was charged with shooting her unarmed neighbor, Botham Jean (right) inside his own apartment.

Police shootings have become more common in modern day America. According to Statista, there were 519 deaths at the hands of the police in 2018. This is a major decrease from the 987 people who were killed in 2017. No matter the statistics, a human life should not be taken away by a person who is supposed to protect the people. On Thursday Sept. 6, another senseless death was added to the alarming statistics. 

Botham Jean, 26, was in his own apartment when Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, 30, went in and killed him. Guyger allegedly walked into Jean’s apartment assuming it was hers, saw Jean and got startled. In a quick reaction, Guyger shot Jean and killed him. Immediately after shooting and killing Jean, Guyger called the police and officers arrived to the house in a matter of minutes. 

According to Dallas News, the incident took place at 1210 S. Lamar St. in Dallas, Texas. The apartment complex is just a couple blocks away from the police headquarters. The actions leading up to the shooting is unknown. No information has been released on whether or not the door was left open or the cop barged in. 

According to the Dallas News, Jean’s family said that he  would never leave his door open. This leaves the investigation up in the air as to how Guyger actually got in to the apartment to even think it was her own. 

What makes this situation worse is that law enforcement officers are not authorized to speak about this case publicly, leaving many with burning questions.

According to 104.5 WOKV, a radio station based in Jacksonville, FL, Jean graduated from Arkansas’ Harding University in 2016 with his accounting degree. Jean was a resident assistant and worship leader at the Christian liberal arts school. 

A couple of years later he moved to Dallas and worked in risk assurance for the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. A man of God  that worked for his community, Jean was respected throughout.

According to Vox News, Guyger is a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. 

In her four years as a Dallas police officer, this was not her first incident with pulling a weapon on somone. In 2017, Guyger was involved in another shooting.

 In the first shooting, the suspect Uvaldo Perez was shot by Guyger, but survived. Perez was charged with taking a weapon from an officer, possession of meth, possession of marijuana and parole violation. 

After  Jean’s shooting,  nearby neighbors reflected on everything that occurred. According to CNN, Alyssa Kinsey, Jean’s next-door neighbor, heard the entire situation go down.

Kinsey stated that she was home on the phone when she heard the shot. She then proceeded to add that she heard “running steps” and a female voice calling the police. 

“He was great, as a neighbor—quiet, friendly, super chill. Never had parties." Kinsey said "We would chat about life, smiling and laughing. He had a huge smile." 

 According to CBS News, the Dallas Police Department is now being accused of searching for evidence to discredit Jean. In a police affidavit, it was shown that  investigators immediately searched for evidence against the victim. The investigators seized 10.4 grams of marijuana and a marijuana grinder from Jean’s apartment, in which the local Dallas Fox outlet was quick to tweet and try to destroy Jean’s credibility, when really there’s a major difference of possession of marijuana and being shot to death. 

This looks like a way for the Dallas Police Department to save themselves from a Public Relation disaster. 

If the investigators were able to find any credible evidence against Jean proving that he was not just an innocent victim, then it would have looked better for them. Guyger was charged with manslaughter, but was let off on a $300,000 bond. 

Even after the Dallas police tried to smear Jean’s image, he will forever be loved by friends and family. Hundreds of people came out to Jean’s funeral as his life was honored and remembered.

 This being Guyger's second shooting, I would expect that the former officer will never have a job in law enforcement again. Too many times have police officers gotten off easy for taking a human life and as a society we can not allow that. Whatever Guyger's motives were for killing Jean, she needs to be disciplined and she has to pay for her actions. 

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