Officer Shoots & Kills Neighbor by Mistake 🔫

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A fatal mistake

An off-duty Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, shot and killed a man who she thought was in her apartment after she came home from work. Guyger went to the fourth floor instead of the third, opened the door that was slightly ajar, saw an unfamiliar black man, and shot him. After calling 911, Guyger realized she had mistaken Botham Jean’s apartment for her own. Guyger was charged with manslaughter three days after the incident.

In memory of Botham Shem Jean

Botham Shem Jean was a 26-year-old native of St. Lucia and an Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas. Affectionately known as “Bo,” he was bubbly, devoted, and a role model in his community. He will be remembered as a loving son and brother, a powerful singer, and a man with a big heart. 


Dallas News: Even if everything Amber Guyger says is true, her decision to shoot Botham Jean was a crime

South China Morning Post: Dallas officer Amber Guyger says she mistook accountant Botham Jean’s home for her own when she shot him dead. Why is she free?

Those who believe Guyger should be punished present the actions, arrest, and subsequent release of officer Guyger as incredulous. They argue that even if Guyger’s account of the incident is accurate, it still raises the question as to why a trained police officer would be so quick to open fire against an unarmed civilian. The delay in issuing a formal charge following the incident is also viewed as a sign that the police were protecting their own.


USA Today: Dallas officer who killed black man reportedly thought he was burglarizing her apartment

Huffington Post: Dallas Officer Claims Botham Jean Ignored Her ‘Verbal Commands’

Those who believe Guyger is not at fault focus on the fact that Jean supposedly ignored Guyger’s verbal commands, which prompted her to shoot. This implies that Jean was at fault for not complying with the officer, even though she was the one who was trespassing. However, sources from different perspectives agree that a three-day delay in arresting Guyger was unusual.

Another case of police brutality?

This is a tragic but not unprecedented case of police brutality that has hit the headlines in recent years. In this case, a trained white police officer shooting an unarmed black man brings racial undertones into the spotlight once again. As Jean’s mother asks, “if it was a white man, would it have been different?” What do you think?

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