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Dallas officer charged with murder in shooting

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/30/18, 03:45 pm

A grand jury on Friday indicted a former Dallas police officer for murder in the killing of her unarmed black neighbor in his apartment. Amber Guyger, who is white, was arrested on a manslaughter charge three days after the Sept. 6 shooting of her upstairs neighbor, Botham Jean, a 26-year-old who worked for the accounting and consulting firm PwC. Guyger told investigators that after finishing her shift, she returned home in her uniform and parked on the fourth floor of her apartment complex’s garage, rather than the third floor, where her unit was located. She said she got to what she thought was her apartment and found the door ajar. She opened it to find a figure standing in the darkness and pulled her gun and fired twice after the person ignored her commands.

Guyger has since been fired from the department, and Jean’s family has filed a lawsuit against her and the city of Dallas. Responding to criticism that the original manslaughter charge was too lenient, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said the grand jury could decide on the more serious charge of murder, which it did.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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Comments

  • RCR
    Posted: Sat, 12/01/2018 04:17 pm

    We grieve for the family and friends of this fine young man.  Yet, based on what I’ve read so far, the cause of this tragedy appears to be nothing more than a horrible error in judgment on the part of the officer.  I fear, however that racial tensions may preclude an outcome based on the presumption of innocence and impartial justice.

  • NANCY RAMSEY
    Posted: Tue, 12/04/2018 11:47 pm

    A fundraising email from World today extolled the magazine as a cut above other publications that do not "report from a perspective that assumes the truth of the Bible" and whose stories are "designed to promote a specific agenda."

    So why do you follow the example of every other story I've read on this matter and label the principals by their color/race? This is one area where World could and should truly be a cut way above other organizations. You identify the man as African American. My limited research reveals he is from St. Lucia. How does that make him African-American? And what does his nationality or race or color have to do in any way with the fact that he was shot to death in his own apartment? Or the fact that the shooter was white? Other details - like her being a police officer returning from duty - may be pertinent. But their color? 

    I expect so much more of World. Be independent thinkers. Be leaders.

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Mon, 12/03/2018 04:34 pm

    You are correct about Botham Jean’s nationality. We have changed “African-American” to “black.” As for the racial aspect to this report, Jean’s family has made race an issue in this case.

  • NANCY RAMSEY
    Posted: Tue, 12/04/2018 11:46 pm

    Well, then, how about this: 

    A grand jury on Friday indicted a former Dallas police officer for murder in the killing of her unarmed neighbor in his apartment. Amber Guyger was arrested on a manslaughter charge . . .

    Guyger has since been fired from the department. Jean’s family has filed a lawsuit against her and the city of Dallas, based in part on their claims of racial profiling since the victim was black and the officer white . . . 

     Let others do the labeling if they must. We should have no part of it.

     

     

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