Amber Guyger a 30-year-old white female Dallas Police officer, a five year veteran of the department who shot and wounded a Hispanic man in May of 2017, shot and killed a man in his own home on Thursday, September 6th.
Media reports indicate she was in full duty dress at the time but was off duty.
Dead is 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, a St Lucian native and a 2016 graduate of a private Christian school Harding University, in Arkansas. He stayed in the United States to do an internship with a Dallas location of PricewaterhouseCoopers, NBC. News reported.
The story surrounding the shooting has been confusing at best. Some media houses have reported that Guyer had returned home to the apartment complex [after a full shift]where both her and Botham Shem Jean are tenants and mistook his apartment for hers, opened his door and upon seeing him she opened fire killing him, believing he was an intruder.
I am unsure what the inference of her working a[full shift] is supposed to convey? Is it that once a police officer has completed a full shift he or she is fully allowed to illegally enter someone else’s home and murder them?
Also, the media has co-opted the narrative that she entered his apartment, which we have learned is on another floor and entered his apartment believing it to be hers, this could only(a) come from her or (b) could only be speculative at best.
The absurdity of presumption(a) is too preposterous to be taken seriously. if she had a key or fob for her apartment how could she have entered another person’s apartment with her key/fob?
If the narrative being pushed is to be believed, and if she tried opening his door and he went to the door to see who was trying to enter his apartment wouldn’t she have seen that she made a mistake once she saw the interior of the apartment?
If she could not (a)differentiate what floor she was on, and if she could not (b) differentiate that the apartment she was trying to breach was not her own what was her state of mind?
Was the mention of her having done a full shift and being in full duty dress designed to place her in a policing role?
If she was not inebriated or under the influence of other mind-altering substances how could she have made such an egregious sequence of mistakes resulting in the loss of this precious life?
Why was she not arrested promptly as any other person who goes to someone’s home and murdered them would be?
Members of Jean’s family questioned Guyger’s explanation for the shooting and claimed that the fact she had remained free days after the shooting showed she was receiving favorable treatment. “If it was a white man, would it have been different?” Jean’s mother Allison asked Friday. “Would she have reacted differently?”
Of course, she has been receiving favorable treatment. The shocking fact in all of this is that the Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall who is a black woman has argued that in the interest of transparency her department has turned over the investigations to the Texas Rangers.
Hall said police drew a blood sample from the officer to test for drugs and alcohol. She didn’t say why the officer entered the wrong apartment [as the story does]nor what happened once she and Jean came face-to-face.
Ya, the Texas Rangers are going to be judicious in doing an end-to-end investigation involving a white female cop who kills a black man.
As chief Hall speaks out of the side of her face I believe the decision to move the investigations out of the Dallas Area was made for her and not by her.
On Sunday, September 9th Amber Guyger was formally charged with manslaughter as a result of the killing of Botham Shem Jean and bonded out of jail immediately in the sum of $300,000
“Somebody has to be crazy not to realize that they walked into the wrong apartment,” Jean’s mother told NBC News. “He’s a bachelor. Things are different inside.”
She did not realize that the apartment was not hers because the story is totally made up in my estimation. none of it makes sense.
The decedent mother has already talked about forgiveness.
Black mother, how can you talk about forgiveness when there has been no confession of guilt, no contrition, no request for forgiveness, the pre-requisites for forgiveness?
Maybe no one knows exactly what happened except for two people and one of them is lying on a slab in a mortuary.
If there is a shred of truth to the story that the police officer went to Botham Shem Jean’s apartment by accident and ended up killing him, that truth is probably known only to her.
Why then was she not treated like any other person by her colleagues? And if there is one iota of credibility to the idea that she thought he was an intruder why was her first option deadly force?
There is much more to this story than the Dallas Police chief and Department is letting on. This is a case in which the decedent is a college graduate with impeccable character, he was in his house so they cannot smear him as a criminal worthy of execution, deserving of what he got.
So it seems that the fix is in to make her an object of pity. That may not be all, it appears they do not want her to face trial in Dallas where she may receive a jury which includes black folks.
It is reprehensible that the family of this young man will have to bury him under these circumstances, particularly when we all know that had he been white he would absolutely be alive today.