White officer charged with murder in death of black neighbour

Jeff Montgomery  Harding University  APBotham Jean leads a worship at a Harding University presidential reception in Dallas Sept. 21 2017

Jeff Montgomery Harding University APBotham Jean leads a worship at a Harding University presidential reception in Dallas Sept. 21 2017

Amber Guyger was initially charged with manslaughter in the September 6 shooting that left 26-year-old Botham Jean dead.

The Dallas Morning News quoted Mesquite police Lt. Stephen Biggs as saying that Guyger turned herself in Friday to be booked on the murder charge. The federal suit argues Guyger used excessive force in the shooting and contends the department did not give her adequate training.

In a news conference Friday, Johnson denied she had waited too long to seek a murder charge against Guyger. "The Jean family's loss can not be restored to them, but we will continue to work to ensure that police officers are held to the same standards as everyone else in the Dallas community and across the state of Texas", she said.

Guyger was off duty at the time of the shooting but was wearing her uniform when she entered Jean's apartment.

Guyger was sacked from the police department after the shooting.

"You see, the one person who can not speak is Botham", Jean's mother, Allison Jean, told reporters at WFAA.

Jean's mother said she was "satisfied" with Guyger's murder charge. "So when we get to a fair form in front of 12 dispassionate citizens, I believe the law and evidence will show Amber Guyer is innocent".

The ex-cop remained free on $300,000 bail. Attorney information for her was unavailable Friday.

She added that she believed Jean's family were "very happy" with the indictment. She was later fired from the Dallas Police Department, and Jean's family has filed a lawsuit against Guyger and the city.

Kaufman County Jail Amber Renee Guyger appears in this mugshot provided by the Kaufman County Jail
Kaufman County Jail Amber Renee Guyger appears in this mugshot provided by the Kaufman County Jail

The officer was in tears as she spoke to the 911 operator.

There remains conflicting narratives over what led up to the shooting.

Guyger lived in Apartment 1378 of the South Side Flats complex close to Dallas Police headquarters, according to Guyger's arrest warrant affidavit, as cited by Dallas Observer. It says it was dark inside, she saw the silhouette of a man, and she gave him orders that he didn't follow.

Guyger walked into the apartment after returning from a work shift and was able to enter because Jean's door was slightly ajar, according to a Texas law enforcement account of the incident. She then drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.

"I look forward to the next step, which is a conviction of murder for Amber Guyger".

Critics, including Jean's family, also wondered why it took three days for Guyger to be charged, why she wasn't taken into custody immediately after the shooting and whether race played a factor in her decision to use deadly force.

People who knew Jean described him "as a man who loved God and worshipped through singing", according to a report by the Washington Post. Guyger shot Jean in his apartment. She shot a man named Uvaldo Perez on May 12, 2017, while on duty.

An affidavit in the case filed against Perez said police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third.

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