Outrage among Blacks in Dallas and beyond was intensifying by the day as the Black police chief originally announced she could not legally fire Officer Amber Guyger for fatally shooting Botham Jean in his own home.
It appears that the Dallas Police Department has located a rationale for terminating the White officer. She claims she entered the wrong apartment and then shot Jean in the chest because she thought he was an intruder.
U. Renee Hall said she ousted Guyger after a hearing Monday, according to the department’s statement posted on Twitter.
“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, 2018, Officer Guyger #10702, engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the statement said without elaborating.
Guyger, who lives in the same building where she shot 26-year-old Jean to death, was charged three days after the shooting with manslaughter for killing him. The surviving family, who were irate that it took so long to file for an arrest warrant on Guyger, were also angry that Guyger was allowed to post bond after she gave conflicting accounts of the circumstances leading to the fatal encounter.
The public and media are still awaiting the release of the 911 tapes, as well as the results from the door camera. Guyger claims that she put her key in the apartment door, which she says was unlocked and slightly ajar. This statement in her affidavit sent off alarms because the doors reportedly shut automatically and cannot be left ajar by themselves.
When Guyger said she got inside, the lights were off. She said she then saw a figure through the darkness, according to the officer’s account. Thinking that she was in danger, she opened fire in the direction of the shadowy figure.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Gugyer then went to the front door after calling 911 to find out she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit as seen by the newspaper.
Guyger, a four-year veteran of the police force, has been involved in questionable use of deadly force before.