Two contradicting warrants issued in relation to an incident involving an off-duty Dallas police officer accused of killing an African-American man in his own apartment has raised serious questions about how law enforcement is handling the case, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
On Sept. 6, Officer Amber Guyger shot and killed 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean, claiming she mistakenly entered the victim’s apartment thinking it was her own. Guyger, 30, said she shot Jean because she thought he was an intruder. She was subsequently charged with manslaughter.
But what is seemingly confusing is that there are two different versions of her story that appear on two different warrants in connection to the case. An arrest affidavit released Monday was written by Officer David L. Armstong of the Texas Rangers and based on Guyger’s account of what happened.
Then there’s a search warrant written on Sept. 7 and signed by Judge Brandon Birmingham, which according to Dallas Morning News was written before Guyger was interviewed, citing an officer within the police department. While the arrest warrant describes the victim as being “across the room,” the search warrant says Jean confronted Officer Guyger at his door.
Among the items found in Jean’s apartment included a small amount of marijuana, prompting the Jean family’s legal team to accuse Dallas law enforcement of trying to criminalize the victim and protect one of their own.
“I know because of how he lived his life it won’t stain his reputation because he lived his life so virtuously,” said Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family. “But it’s unfortunate law enforcement has taken this turn.”
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