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White Dallas cop shot Botham Jean after ignoring verbal commands

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Pictured, Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger and her shooting victim,
Officer Amber Guyger
Pictured, Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger and her shooting victim, Botham Shem Jean

Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger shoots Botham Shem Jean after the man refused to yield to verbal commands upon mistakenly entering his apartment.

A white female Dallas police officer has revealed having shot a black resident whose apartment she had purportedly mistakenly walked into – after the man refusing to yield to her ‘verbal commands’.

Officer Amber Guyger told the authorities she was returning from a 15 hour shift when she’d mistaken her neighbor’s fourth floor apartment at South Side Flats, in Dallas, for her own home on the third floor on Thursday.

Entering the darkened apartment, the door to which she has since claimed was slightly ajar, she told of mistaking Botham Jean, 26 for a burglar and shot him in the chest. He was later transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Upon her arrest on a manslaughter charge, Sunday evening, Guyger posted $300K bail.

The above transcript of events follows an anonymous police source relaying Guyger’s alleged via thee Dallas Morning News, on Monday.

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But the family of Jean say they still have a lot of questions over Guyger’s story and the death of their son. 

Lawyers for the family questioned why it took three days for Guyger to be charged after after Thursday evening’s fatal shooting. 

Also not clear is why Guyger reverted to using deadly force and whether at any moment Jean had approached the woman that he must have believed to have been an intruder, used force against her (which he may have been legitimately entitled to do had he feel threatened) or whether Guyger simply felt threatened- or simply confused. 

Confounding some commentators on social media was the semblance of victim blaming (as opposed to accepting she was the one who erred) and whether Guyger had behaved as if she was still on active duty and presumed the ‘black man’ in front of her to be a suspect of illicit behavior who, ‘needed to be taken down’.

Officer Amber Guyger only realized she was in the wrong apartment after turning on the lights according to affidavit:

A filed affidavit stated Guyger saying she only realized she was in the wrong apartment during the 911 call when she turned on the light. It states that Guyger’s apartment was directly below Jean’s and the apartment layouts and exterior hallways were nearly identical.

Investigator David Armstrong of the Texas Rangers said the female police officer was able to gain access to her neighbor’s apartment because, when she inserted her key in his door, it opened because it had been slightly ajar. 

According to Guyger, the ‘unknown’ person ignored her verbal commands leading to her firing twice. One struck Jean in the chest and he later died.

Since posting $300K bond, Sunday night and barely spending an hour in jail following her manslaughter booking, authorities intimated Guyger’s case set to be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges. 

In the state of Texas, manslaughter is considered a second-degree felony. If convicted, Guyger could face 2-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The Texas Rangers, who took over the investigation on Friday, said the investigation is ongoing and declined to offer further information about the case.

And then there were these reactions on social media below which made this author wonder, see what you think?

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