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Reports of pepper-spray projectile use concern Dallas chief
September 12, 2018
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"The lawyers said the arrest affidavit released Monday contradicts neighbors' accounts. Amid their concerns, though, the district attorney said the case against Amber Guyger will get a hard look by her office and be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter in last week's shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean.
Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys for Jean's family, said the affidavit "is very self-serving." And Lee Merritt, who is also representing the family, called it an attempt to "condone what happened, give her a break."
The document, prepared by a Texas Ranger, appeared to be based almost entirely on Guyger's account."...
"At a news conference Monday evening, Merritt said two independent witnesses have told him they heard knocking on the door in the hallway before the shooting.
He said one witness reported hearing a woman's voice saying, "Let me in! Let me in!" Then they heard gunshots, after which one witness said she heard a man's voice say, "Oh my God! Why did you do that?"
Merritt said he believes those were Jean's last words."...
And still people will believe her, and give every excuse in the book, to find any way possible to mitigate her culpability. That is what the system does... the police, lawyers, the courts all work together to give the officer the best break possible,
Sooo many questions. As a retired Criminal Defense Investigator I would be telling my client to "come clean" and tell the truth because your story is hurting you more than helping you. Don't know the policy of the Dallas Police Department, but this officer was in uniform while off the clock. Most agencies require that officers put on civilian clothing when off the clock. Mr. Jean's front door was easily identifiable...yet she missed the red door mat? IF the door was slightly ajar, as an officer, she should have called for back up or 911 at that point, not knowing what or who was inside. IF the door was locked...how did she gain entry? Once inside, why didn't she turn on any lights in her own apartment? How, if "the lights were off", could she have seen "a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room"? Don't you need lights to cast a shadow? I hope the criminal justice system isn't so broken that we are about to see this horrible situation get swept under the rug.
This story raises more questions than it answers. First, she had to step outside the door to check the apartment number after the shooting. She didn't realize that it wasn't her apartment by the contents inside?? Second, officer said she used her key but the door was unlocked and slightly opened. Why would you use the key if the door is open?? Third, why not call for back up right away if you believe it's your place and you find the door open?? Story just doesn't add up.
When asked by the police dispatcher where she was; believing she was in her apartment she went out to check her apartment number. Really?
So we are to believe that the apartment was dark, the door was open, and he said nothing in response to her when she gave him commands. So if he was asleep and the neighbours all say he was meticulous in making sure everything was locked up, and they all heard knocking and open up the door, are we to believe that an apparition opened the door or maybe he had an automatic door opener that just opened at the sound of someone requesting entry, because that would be safe. I think that if she had to walk to the door to get the apartment number she either knew before she shot him or directly after she wasn't in her own apartment anymore, and the fact that more than one of the neighbours heard her demanding entry means she knew before she even entered the apartment that it wasn't hers. Whether she had a beef with this neighbour or a personal relationship that had gone sour there is every indication she went there with the intention of causing a problem for him, whether she intended to kill him or the situation got out of control is the difference between manslaughter and first degree murder. But there needs to be a thorough investigation of this and they need to put aside the fact that she is a police officer and look at this as another neighbour vs neighbour crime, because her story doesn't hold water so she doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt.
When this story was first reported on Friday, the officer in question was said to have worked a 12 hour shift. On Sunday it was 14 hours and today it's 15 hours.
Why didn't she immediately go for a light switch which would usually be located at the point of entry?
I worked in Law Enforcement for years. Nothing to her description of events adds up. If she didn't make entry and stood in the doorway, then she should have backed out, covered the door and asked for backup. That simple. Apartments on the 2nd floor have one-way in and out. He was not going to leave the apartment except for that door. When she needed to call for backup, then she would have given the dispatcher the apartment number. No reason to enter a dark apartment alone. She intended to be the only one there and to fire that fatal shot. She probably woke the man up, so he was not immediately coherent to what was going on. That is why he didn't follow any commands. This sounds completely fishy from the start and the hole keeps being dug deeper.
If she is a 'highly respected officer,' God help the good people of Dallas.
So she was so exhausted from working 15 hours that she didn't know she parked on the wrong level and was going into the wrong apartment, but we are supposed to trust her recollection of the events that took place?
Why was this PO, not taken into custody as soon as other police arrived on the scene, as would have been any other ordinary citizen. She has in the 2+ weeks since the shooting, invariably been coached by the CLEAT attorney and investigators, who have attempted to instruct her in what to say so as to "Fit the Evidence"
And the defense stories begin,she was a respected officer,who worked at a high risk team,you can tell already what type of defense tactic they will use.