Texas officer faces manslaughter charge in neighbor’s death

Posted at 8:08 AM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 10:08:46-04

DALLAS (AP) – A white Dallas police officer who says she mistook her black neighbor’s apartment for her own when she fatally shot him has been arrested on a manslaughter charge.

Officer Amber Guyger
Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger is charged with manslaughter. Investigators say she entered the wrong apartment in her building where she shot and killed a man.

Officer Amber Guyger was off duty and returning to the South Side Flats, where she and 26-year-old Botham Jean both had apartments, when the shooting occurred Thursday. Many questions remain about what led the officer, who has been on the police force for four years, to shoot Jean.

Lawyers for Jean’s family had been calling for Guyger’s arrest since the shooting, saying the fact she had remained free days later showed she was getting favorable treatment. She was arrested Sunday and later released on bond.

Botham Shem Jean
Botham Shem Jean

The group Mothers Against Police Brutality said the arrest is a “first step” toward justice and accountability.

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