Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Dallas Officer Amber Guyger Terminated Over Botham Jean Killing

Dallas Officer Amber Guyger Terminated Over Botham Jean Killing

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sacked Monday, officials said, weeks after a racially-charged shooting in which the off-duty white cop killed her black neighbor, Botham Jean.

Her chief of staff, Thomas Taylor, said that an administrative investigation was on hold until a criminal investigation into Guyger was complete. DPD tweeted a news release that said she was sacked after an internal investigation found she had engaged in "adverse conduct" when charged with manslaughter.

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger says she entered Botham Shem Jean's apartment by mistake at end of her shift; Casey Stegall reports.

Guyger can appeal her firing through the city's civil service rules. She then drew her weapon and fired twice at Jean, the affidavit said.

'There is one overriding reason that I have not taken any administrative or employment action against Officer Amber Guyger.

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Guyger was arrested three days after the incident after the Texas Rangers chose to postpone pursuing a warrant "until they could follow up on information that they received from the interview with the officer".

In the interim, an attorney for Jean's family voiced concern that she was getting preferential treatment as a law enforcement officer. When she opened the door fully, Guyger saw a "large silhouette" across the room and began giving commands, which Jean "ignored", the affidavit said.

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After revealing that they had found marijuana at Jean's home, a lawyer for his family accused the police force of trying to "smear" his reputation.

The Dallas County medical examiner's office said Jean died of a gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen.

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