Activists Call For Firing Of Dallas Officer Martin Rivera After Revelation Of Text Messages During Amber Guyger Murder Trial

DALLAS (CBSDFW​.COM) – Local activists are call­ing for the fir­ing of a Dallas police offi­cer after pros­e­cu­tors revealed text mes­sages between him and Amber Guyger on the night Botham Jean was killed, along with the dele­tion of those mes­sages.

Senior Cpl. Martin Rivera, who was Guyger’s patrol part­ner, tes­ti­fied Monday as she con­tin­ues to stand tri­al for alleged­ly mur­der­ing Jean inside his apart­ment, claim­ing she thought she was in her own unit and that he was an intrud­er.

Martin Rivera

During open­ing state­ments on Monday, pros­e­cu­tors showed the jury sex­u­al­ly-explic­it text mes­sages between Rivera and Guyger that were sent hours and min­utes before the shoot­ing.

Prosecutors also said those mes­sages between the two were delet­ed a day after Jean was killed. The mes­sages were lat­er recov­ered.

It was also revealed by pros­e­cu­tors that Guyger had sent Rivera texts while she was on the phone with 911 after she shot Jean.

Rivera received a text from Guyger, “I need you. Hurry” at 10:02 p.m. A minute lat­er, Guyger sent a text that read, “I f***ed up.”

Rivera was also on the phone with Guyger three min­utes before the shoot­ing, and he claimed they were talk­ing about work. “To the best of my rec­ol­lec­tion I remem­ber ask­ing about the sus­pects to see if they ever con­fessed and I real­ly don’t remem­ber a whole lot about the con­ver­sa­tion,” he said dur­ing his tes­ti­mo­ny.

Now, activists with Mothers Against Police Brutality are call­ing for Rivera to be fired from the Dallas Police Department, say­ing that he “destroyed evi­dence” and that he should be held account­able.

Activists with the Next Generation Action Network are also want­i­ng Rivera fired.