White officer who fatally shot black neighbour fired by Dallas police

White officer who fatally shot black neighbour fired by Dallas police
Dallas police officer fired after fatally shooting neighbour
The Dallas Police Department on Monday fired a white police officer who is facing a manslaughter charge in the shooting of her black neighbour in his apartment, which the officer said she mistook for her own home.

Officer Amber Guyger had been dismissed after nearly five years on the job for her actions on the night of the shooting earlier in September, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement. Hall also said Guyger had engaged in "adverse conduct" when she was arrested for manslaughter, without elaborating.

A statement from police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger, a four-year veteran of the force, "engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter." Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell later said that when an officer has been arrested for a crime, "adverse conduct" is often cited in the officers termination.

Guyger, 30, had been on administrative leave after she fatally shot Botham Jean, 26. The killing of an unarmed black man by a white officer sparked protests in the Texas city, with many calling for the officer to be fired and charged with murder.

"Unfortunately, today Chief Hall bowed to pressure from anti-police groups and took action before all of the facts had been gathered and due process was afforded," Rogers said in his first statement since the shooting. "Thats not the way our system of justice should work."

The decision to fire Guyger came after an internal review, which Guyger can appeal the decision, police said. An attorney for the officer was not immediately available for comment.

This photo provided by the Kaufman County Sheriffs Office shows Amber Renee Guyger. Guyger, a Dallas police officer, was arrested Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, on a manslaughter warrant in the shooting of a black man at his home, Texas authorities said. (Kaufman County Sheriffs Office via AP)

"The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust," he said in a statement.

Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to the Police Department. Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead, and she was fired because of her arrest, according to the department.

S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Jean family, said the police chief informed the family of the department's decision on Sunday night and they supported the move.

Sgt. Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said Guyger more recently worked on a team tasked with arresting some of the citys most violent offenders. He said the association, which is Dallas largest police employee organization, will be paying Guygers legal fees.

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"The Jean family said that this was an initial victory but are still focused on the proper indictment by the grand jury of murder, a successful prosecution and an appropriate sentence," he said in an interview. The family is also considering suing the department and the city, he said.

The case is before a grand jury, and district attorney Faith Johnson said the panel may decide to uphold the manslaughter charge on which Guyger was arrested, or it could consider charging her with murder.

Guyger graduated from Sam Houston High School in 2008, according to an official at the Arlington Independent School District. She also attended Tarrant County College, according to an official there, although it is not clear when she went to the school.

Police said Guyger has told investigators she mistook Jean's residence for her own and shot him believing he was an intruder.

Mitchell said that adverse conduct is "conduct which adversely affects the (morale) or efficiency of the Department or which has a tendency to adversely affect, lower, destroy public respect and confidence in the Department or officer."

Guyger said she had mistakenly gone to Jean's apartment one floor above her own and managed to enter because the door was slightly ajar, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. 

"The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust," Rawlings said in a statement.

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Mourners in Jeans home country on Monday paid tribute to the 26-year-old, who had aspirations to one day become prime minister here, during his final service and burial. They also called for answers and consequences for the Dallas police officer who shot him in his Cedars apartment after she said she mistook it for her own.

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DALLAS—A white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbour inside his own apartment was fired Monday, the same day the man was being buried in his Caribbean homeland.

Speakers at the funeral encouraged those in Dallas to keep marching and protesting as long as they remain peaceful and nonviolent. They said that is what Jean — who Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings had previously said once gave out water to immigration policy protesters at DFW International Airport — would have wanted.

Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to the Police Department. Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead, and she was fired because of her arrest, according to the department.

During the sermon, as the service neared the three-hour mark, West Dallas Church of Christ minister Sammie L. Berry asked mourners to stand during his sermon. The head of the church Botham Jean attended led them in chanting “Stand up for Botham, Stand Up for Botham” as they raised their right fists in the air. 

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Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home. She was arrested three days later and is currently out on bond.

Tears again filled Bertrum Jeans face when he arrived at Choc Cemetery, a short drive from the church, near the smaller of the islands two airports. Hundreds sang “Bring It To the Lord in Prayer” as the father walked through the sand to his sons grave. Botham Jeans final resting place looks out over the ocean.

A statement from police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger, a four-year veteran of the force, “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter.” Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell later said that when an officer has been arrested for a crime, “adverse conduct” is often cited in the officer’s termination.

Mitchell said that adverse conduct is “conduct which adversely affects the (morale) or efficiency of the Department or which has a tendency to adversely affect, lower, destroy public respect and confidence in the Department or officer.”

One of the attorneys for Jean’s family, Lee Merritt, said Jean was being buried Monday in St. Lucia.

Miles from the funeral, at the education office for the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development & Labour, two photos of Jean hung on each side of a banner with cerulean blue, black and gold stripes — the colors of the St. Lucian flag. Jeans mother was once an official with the department.

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The family’s attorneys, along with protesters, have been calling for Guyger to be fired since the shooting. In a statement, the attorneys said they see the termination as an initial victory.

As the family filed out, Allison Jean carried a framed photo of her son, nodding to those on each side of the aisle, thanking them for coming. As she left the church in an SUV with another photo of her son on the hood, woman after woman reached in through the open window of the back seat to hug her.

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“However, we are committed to seeing through the next steps of the process of a proper murder indictment, conviction and appropriate sentencing,” they said in the statement.

A statement from police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger, a four-year veteran of the force, “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter.” Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell later said that when an officer has been arrested for a crime, “adverse conduct” is often cited in the officers termination.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide a more serious charge than manslaughter.

Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to the Police Department. Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead, and she was fired because of her arrest, according to the department.

During a conference call with Jean’s parents and their lawyers on Sunday, Hall reported she intended to fire Guyger and explained the delay in the action, according to the family’s attorneys in their statement.

Sgt. Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said Guyger more recently worked on a team tasked with arresting some of the citys most violent offenders. He said the association, which is Dallas largest police employee organization, will be paying Guygers legal fees.

Days before the firing, Hall said in a statement that she had not taken action against Guyger because she did not want to interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation.

She said when she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, according to the affidavit. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officers account.

Guyger told investigators that she had just ended a shift when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex where she lived.

“Unfortunately, today Chief Hall bowed to pressure from anti-police groups and took action before all of the facts had been gathered and due process was afforded,” Rogers said in his first statement since the shooting. “Thats not the way our system of justice should work.”

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

Guyger said she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the person, who ignored them. The affidavit said she then drew her weapon and fired twice.

Mitchell said that adverse conduct is “conduct which adversely affects the (morale) or efficiency of the Department or which has a tendency to adversely affect, lower, destroy public respect and confidence in the Department or officer.”

She called 911. Asked where she was, she returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. The 911 tapes have not been released.

“The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust,” Rawlings said in a statement.

But according to an affidavit for a search warrant Jean “confronted the officer at the door.”

During a conference call with Jeans parents and their lawyers on Sunday, Hall reported she intended to fire Guyger and explained the delay in the action, according to the familys attorneys in their statement.

After the shooting, Guyger’s blood was drawn to be tested for alcohol and drugs, according to Hall. Authorities have not released results.

Dallas Police Chief U Renee Hall said in a statement the department had dismissed Office Amber Guyger after nearly five years on the job for her actions on the night of the shooting on earlier in September, and for engaging in “adverse conduct” when she was arrested for manslaughter. Police did not elaborate on what it saw as adverse conduct.

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Merritt has called into question Guyger’s narrative. The lawyer has said that two independent witnesses have told him they heard knocking on the door in the hallway before the shooting.

“The Jean family said that this was an initial victory but are still focused on the proper indictment by the grand jury of murder, a successful prosecution and an appropriate sentence,” he said in an interview. The family is also considering suing the department and the city, he said.

He said one witness reported hearing a woman’s voice saying, “Let me in! Let me in!”

Guyger, who came home from her shift in uniform, said she had mistakenly gone to Jeans apartment one floor above her own and managed to enter because the door was slightly ajar, according to an arrest warrant affidavit posted online by local media.

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“The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust,” Rawlings said in a statement.

Guyger, 30, had been on administrative leave after she fatally shot Botham Jean, 26. The killing of an unarmed black man by a white officer sparked protests in the Texas city, with many calling for the officer to be fired and charged with murder.

Guyger graduated from Sam Houston High School in 2008, according to an official at the Arlington Independent School District. She also attended Tarrant County College, according to an official there, although it is not clear when she went to the school.

The case is before a grand jury, and District Attorney Faith Johnson said the panel may decide to uphold the manslaughter charge on which Guyger was arrested, or it could consider charging her with murder.

Guyger also attended the University of Texas at Arlington in fall of 2012 and spring of 2013, said university spokeswoman Sana Syed. Guyger’s intended major was criminology and criminal justice, Syed said.

The decision to fire Guyger came after an internal review, which Guyger can appeal the decision, police said. An attorney for the officer was not immediately available for comment.

Dallas police say Guyger was hired in November 2013 and state law enforcement records show she was appointed as a peace officer in May 2014.

S Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Jean family, said the police chief informed the family of the departments decision on Sunday night and they supported the move.

Sgt. Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said Guyger more recently worked on a team tasked with arresting some of the city’s most violent offenders. He said the association, which is Dallas’ largest police union, will be paying Guyger’s legal fees.

Entering the darkened apartment, she noticed a figure whom she said she mistook for a burglar and fired twice, striking Jean once in the chest, the affidavit said.

DALLAS—A white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbour inside his own apartment was fired Monday, the same day the man was being buried in his Caribbean homeland.

Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to the Police Department. Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the Sept. 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead, and she was fired because of her arrest, according to the department.

Guyger, who had served as a Dallas Police officer since November 2013, shot Jean on September 6. According to her account, when she arrived home to the South Side Flats apartment building that night, she didnt realize she had gotten out on the wrong floor, and that the apartment she was in was not, in fact, hers. Seeing a large silhouette in the dark apartment, she said she thought she was being burglarized. So she shot, hitting Jean in the chest. When she turned on the lights in the apartment, she realized her mistake.

Court records show Guyger said she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home. She was arrested three days later and is currently out on bond.

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A statement from police said an internal investigation concluded that on Sept. 9, Guyger, a four-year veteran of the force, “engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter.” Dallas police spokesman Sgt. Warren Mitchell later said that when an officer has been arrested for a crime, “adverse conduct” is often cited in the officer’s termination.

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall did not immediately heed calls to terminate Guyger, telling an audience at a September 18 event that she could not fire her because there are both local, state and federal laws that prohibit me from taking action. It was unclear what laws she was referring to when she made that statement. On September 20 Hall issued a statement saying that firing Guyger might interfere with a criminal investigation, something that legal experts disagreed with.

Mitchell said that adverse conduct is “conduct which adversely affects the (morale) or efficiency of the Department or which has a tendency to adversely affect, lower, destroy public respect and confidence in the Department or officer.”

The family of the 26-year-old Jean continues to dispute this, arguing that Guygers story doesnt add up, and that she should have noticed details alerting her to being in the wrong apartment, like a different apartment number and a red doormat outside Jeans door. Official documents in the case have also sparked confusion, due to a September 7 arrest warrant and September 9 arrest affidavit having very different accounts of the shooting.

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One of the attorneys for Jean’s family, Lee Merritt, said Jean was being buried Monday in St. Lucia.

Share Share The Dallas police officer who shot Botham Jean has been fired tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email The Dallas Police department announced that it had terminated Amber Guyger on September 24, 2018, weeks after she shot Botham Jean. Kaufman County Sheriffs Office/AP The Dallas police officer who killed Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black man, after entering his apartment earlier this month was fired from her position on Monday.

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The family’s attorneys, along with protesters, have been calling for Guyger to be fired since the shooting. In a statement, the attorneys said they see the termination as an initial victory.

The decision comes after weeks of protests and demands from Jeans family that Guyger be fired from the police force for the shooting. She should not be on the payroll for the city of Dallas family attorney Lee Merritt said, pointing to a 2017 shooting that Guyger was also involved in as additional proof that she should be removed.

“However, we are committed to seeing through the next steps of the process of a proper murder indictment, conviction and appropriate sentencing,” they said in the statement.

Guyger has been charged with manslaughter, although the Dallas district attorney has not ruled out more serious charges. The case has been handed over to the Texas Rangers, which continues to investigate a number of things, including the records of the electronic locks on Jeans and Guygers front door.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has said the case will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide a more serious charge than manslaughter.

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During a conference call with Jean’s parents and their lawyers on Sunday, Hall reported she intended to fire Guyger and explained the delay in the action, according to the family’s attorneys in their statement.

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Days before the firing, Hall said in a statement that she had not taken action against Guyger because she did not want to interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation.

Guyger told investigators that she had just ended a shift when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex where she lived.

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

Guyger said she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the person, who ignored them. The affidavit said she then drew her weapon and fired twice.

She called 911. Asked where she was, she returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. The 911 tapes have not been released.

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But according to an affidavit for a search warrant Jean “confronted the officer at the door.”

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After the shooting, Guyger’s blood was drawn to be tested for alcohol and drugs, according to Hall. Authorities have not released results.

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Merritt has called into question Guyger’s narrative. The lawyer has said that two independent witnesses have 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!”

“The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust,” Rawlings said in a statement.

Guyger graduated from Sam Houston High School in 2008, according to an official at the Arlington Independent School District. She also attended Tarrant County College, according to an official there, although it is not clear when she went to the school.

Guyger also attended the University of Texas at Arlington in fall of 2012 and spring of 2013, said university spokeswoman Sana Syed. Guyger’s intended major was criminology and criminal justice, Syed said.

Dallas police say Guyger was hired in November 2013 and state law enforcement records show she was appointed as a peace officer in May 2014.

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Sgt. Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said Guyger more recently worked on a team tasked with arresting some of the city’s most violent offenders. He said the association, which is Dallas’ largest police union, will be paying Guyger’s legal fees.