Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Experts disagree on whether Dallas officer could be credible

Experts disagree on whether Dallas officer could be credible

Experts on police training and psychologists, however, are split as to the credibility of Officer Amber Guyger's story about how she came to kill 26-year-old Botham Jean, and that credibility will be key to whether a grand jury will indict Guyger and whether she could persuade a trial jury that the killing was tragic, but justifiable. She claimed the apartment was "nearly completely dark", and she saw Jean across the room, she assumed he was an intruder. The first defense was that Jean reportedly "ignored" Guyger's "verbal commands", which isn't unreasonable since she was in his apartment. Guyger claims she went to what she thought was her third-floor apartment, but she was actually a floor up at Jean's. But the situation was also familiar, another example of how unarmed black men who are victims in police shootings are defamed and made to look like criminals even in death as police investigations unfold, said attorney Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney who represents Jean's family. He's a college graduate who worked with his alma mater to send students to his home country of St. Lucia for volunteer work.

- Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) September 13, 2018There is literally no scenario where a black man killed by police (even an off-duty one) can not be blamed for his own death. To make matters worse, for some reason after the fatal shooting, Dallas police obtained a search warrant for his apartment.

The search warrant does not say to whom the marijuana belongs, which amounts to less than half of an ounce.

Dallas police have been accused of smear tactics after court documents revealed marijuana was found in a man's flat where he was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.


A warrant signed by 292nd District Court Judge Brandon Birmingham says police meant to search Jean's apartment for "any contraband, such as narcotics", that could "constitut [e] evidence of a criminal offense". In May of 2017, Guyger fired her weapon at a drug offender who engaged in a physical altercation with police and took an officer's Taser. That would be the only complexity added. "You get the warrant out of an abundance of caution and you list in the warrant anything that could possibly be relevant ... so that nobody can complain about it later".

The narrative imposed on instances of police profiling and violence are already blatantly racist and based around victim-blaming and character assassination.

"DEVELOPING", read a tweet from the local Dallas Fox affiliate.

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