DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The family of Botham Jean, the man killed by an off-duty Dallas police officer, is calling for the termination of the officer involved and is speaking out about what they call the “distasteful attempt to assassinate the character” of the 26-year-old.

During an afternoon news conference, the family’s attorney Lee Merritt spoke specifically about the Dallas police search warrant obtained after Jean’s murder.

“The warrant that was issued on the night that Botham Jean was killed… the warrant had a specific design in mind. It stated its purpose in the warrant,” Merritt said. “You all know that warrants can’t be broad, they have to be specific. So they [investigators] asked to go into his apartment complex and look for evidence of drug paraphernalia.”

The search warrant listed items found including — fired cartridge casings, a laptop, a black backpack with police equipment and paperwork, more than 10 grams of marijuana, a metal marijuana grinder, two radio frequency ID keys and two used packages of medical aid. While the affidavit detailed the items found inside Jean’s apartment, it did not indicate who owned which items.

Merritt claims that “investigators were interested specifically in finding information that could help assassinate his [Jean’s] character” instead of focusing on evidence that could be of value to the homicide investigation.

Merritt said the investigation took a discriminatory nature from the onset. “He [Botham Jean] lived 26 years on this earth without ever being accused of any crime and it took him being murdered by a Dallas police officer in order for him to become a criminal,” Merritt said. “And that’s truly tragic. And it’s truly a smear, not as it was designed against that young man, but a smear against the City of Dallas itself.”

Attorneys went on to, on behalf of the family, call for the immediate termination of Officer Amber Guyger. “She should not still be on the payroll for the city of Dallas,” Merritt said. “This is a young woman who in under four years on the force has been involved in two suspicious shootings. The City of Dallas needs to send out a message that there’s no place for a woman like that on the police force.”

Guyger is charged with manslaughter and out on a $300,000 bond, but Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson is taking the case to a grand jury.

According to the arrest affidavit Guyger, 30, told police it was nearly completely dark inside the apartment when she entered, believing the unit to be her own home, and and shot Jean believing he was a burglar.


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Comments (4)
  1. Okay Guys,

    While Any life lost is tragic and especially when its needlessly… However, I am seeing a lot of protesting and rushing to judgment before all the facts have been presented. Secondly i also am hearing a lot of rhetoric on an African American American being gunned down by an Anglo Officer. And Again, if a jury of their peers feel this is illegal and broken the law, then so be it, off to jail you go. Case in Point Roy Oliver.

    Now, here is what i do not understand. I’m seeing preachers, activists, and protesters calling this a racial issue… Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, and other prominent pastors of African American Churches calling this a racial issue, when just last weekend, an Anglo Fort Worth Police Officer was gunned down by an African American and two of his accomplices… Killed in a split second… Wife and two kids without a father… And all of these people, protesters, Pastors, and activists all sitting here saying how precious life is.. So, a Fort Worth Police Officers dies at the hands of an African American (And it could have been anyone… African American… Anglo, Hispanic… Asian.. Muslim, It doesn’t matter) and what are you hearing from these same people.. Pastors, Protesters, activists…NOTHING…

    the other thing, i am curious about. again, to the protesters, the activists, the Pastors… Why aren’t you out in front of the Same TV you are in front of now protesting Black on Black Crime, White on White Crime, Hispanic on Hispanic Crime, Asian on Asian or Muslim on Muslim. Why is just White on Black Crime.

    How can you say life is precious when you don’t exercise the same energy when a Police officer falls in the line of duty… While out they’re protecting you, the citizens of DFW.

    Instead of dividing the cultures, how about a “Summit” of Some Sort to work to curb the Violence. Violence of any culture is wrong.. but loosing a Human life to Violence is inexcusable.

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