Ex-Dallas officer was charged with manslaughter for shooting her black unarmed neighbor in his apartment.
30-years-old Amber Guyger a Dallas police officer, entered the apartment of 26-years-old Botham Jean who lived in an apartment one floor below Guyger's unit, thinking it was her own, on Sept. 9. The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. at an apartment at 1210 S. Lamar St.
Guyger was going home after a shift, still wearing her Dallas police uniform, when she entered the wrong apartment she shot the figure which appeared as an intruder in the dark.
the incident sparked the anger of the community and launched waves of demonstrations in the Texas city, with protesters calling for Guyger to be charged with manslaughter.
the community started questioning the integrity of police enforcement who are supposed to protect people not kill innocent victims like the case with jean an unarmed black neighbor.
Guyger was arrested in September for shooting Jean and initially charged with manslaughter, a lesser offense for an unlawful killing that does not involve malice aforethought. She was released after posting a bond of $300,000.
The bond was reinstated after she was charged with murder.
Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, spoke at the news conference on Friday alongside the district attorney.
“I look forward to the next step, which is a conviction of murder of Amber Guyger and also of a penalty, the proper penalty, that will cause her to reflect on what she has done.”
Guyger was placed on administrative leave after shooting Jean but was fired days later.