One week after off-duty Dallas police officer Amber Guyger entered the house of 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean on Sept. 6, 2018, and shot two bullets into his torso, allegedly as a result of she thought she was in her own residence and that he was a burglar, the Dallas Fox affiliate tweeted: “DEVELOPING: Search warrant: Marijuana found in Botham Jean’s apartment after deadly shooting.”
The tweet by KDFW-TV hit our on-line world on Sept. 13, 2018, the identical day as Jean’s funeral in Richardson, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
Jean’s household and pals have been outraged. Botham’s mom, Allison Jean, lashed out on the Dallas Police Department, accusing the authorities of defaming her son.
“To have my son smeared in such a way, I think shows that the persons who are really nasty, who are really dirty and are going to cover up for the devil, Amber Guyger,” Jean stated throughout a press convention.
The Fox-owned-and-operated TV station’s tweet concerning the police search, which allegedly turned up 10.four grams of marijuana, has opened a bigger query: Does it matter whether or not a small quantity of hashish was discovered in Jean’s residence? He had settled in for the night time to observe a soccer recreation.
Civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt, a Jean household lawyer who’s licensed to follow regulation in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, referred to as the warrant and launch of the knowledge on the day of Jean’s funeral “part of a pattern.”
“Instead of investigating the homicide, searching the policewoman’s apartment and collecting relevant evidence, they went specifically to Jean’s place looking for ways to tarnish this young man’s image,” Merritt informed Marijuana.com. “The warrant was an attempt to smear the character of a murdered man.”
When an unarmed black man is shot and killed by police, one of the primary points that comes out is that hashish was discovered in the sufferer’s system, stated Merritt, who grew up in south central Los Angeles in the 1980s.
“It should not matter,” Merritt stated.
Marijuana a Common Thread in High-Profile Killings of African-Americans
It shouldn’t have mattered that Trayvon Martin, 17, had marijuana in his system when George Zimmerman shot and killed him in 2012. But it appeared to matter to the decide in the case who allowed Martin’s toxicology outcomes in entrance of the jury.
Press protection of the trial, presently underway, of a Chicago cop who was videotaped capturing Laquan McDonald 16 occasions in 2014, referred to the black 17-year-old sufferer as an “angry teen who admitted smoking marijuana.”
When African-American Sandra Bland, 28, was arrested in Prairie View, Texas, on July 10, 2015, for failing to make use of her flip sign, a toxicology report detected a small quantity of THC in her system, which provoked native authorities to publicly query whether or not the hashish had affected her “state of thoughts.” Bland was discovered lifeless in a jail cell three days after her arrest. A Harris County medical expert deemed Bland’s demise a suicide because the outcome of asphyxiation. A Waller County jailer had discovered Bland unconscious from hanging July 13, 2015.
After two Sacramento cops shot Stephon Clark, 22, in the again no less than eight occasions on March 18, 2018, in his yard whereas holding a cellular phone, it shortly got here out in the press that Clark had traces of marijuana in his system.
Texas Authorities Aren’t Speaking
Lonny Haschel, Staff Lieutenant and spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety in the Dallas Area, advised Marijuana.com that they don’t touch upon ongoing conditions however offered a Sept. 14, 2018 assertion from the Texas Rangers.
“The Texas Rangers, in conjunction with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, are continuing to conduct a thorough and independent investigation into the shooting death. Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted in its entirety to the DA’s Office for prosecution.”
Guyger was charged with manslaughter and launched the identical night time on a $300,000 bond. Haschel stated the Texas Rangers wouldn’t touch upon whether or not Guyger’s automotive or house had been searched.
Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson stated throughout a Sept. 10, 2018, press briefing broadcast on Dallas-Forth Worth CBS affiliate KTVT-TV that the manslaughter cost was a choice made by the Texas Rangers and might be upgraded to homicide when her workplace presents the case to the grand jury.
“The ultimate decision, in terms of what this charge will be, will be presented to the grand jury. Faith Johnson, your Dallas County District Attorney, has taken on this case and believe me, we will make certain that justice is done,” the prosecutor stated.