The testimony is due to begin Monday in the trial of a former police officer in Dallas who claims she killed an unarmed black man after he accidentally entered his home.
Amber Guyger is accused of murdering Botham Jean in such a case last year Inflamed racial tensions and suspicion of authorities in a Texas city with a long history of deadly police-civilian contacts.
The selection of the jury lasted more than a week. Approximately 4,000 subpoenas and hundreds of potential jurors were interviewed. The lawyers at Guyger argued that they could not get a fair trial in Dallas for "media hysteria" and public comments by officials on the shootings. They asked to relocate the trial to one of the nearby districts ̵
The Dallas Police Department was apparently afraid of public disturbances and told their officials last month that they could not apply for additional time off during the trial. There were street protests and mad scenes at a city council meeting after Jean's death.
A civil rights group in Dallas, the Next Generation Action Network, plans to hold a rally outside the courthouse on Monday.
The Chief of Dallas The police union called for a delay in the trial, as the city hosting the Texas State Exhibition will raise funds. Lee Merritt, a Jean lawyer, described the process on Twitter as absurd and contemptuous. "
Guyger, white, had finished work on the evening of September 6 last year, but was still in uniform parked in her home. Jean, a 26-year-old accountant, lived on the floor above her.
After a long and exhausting shift, she parked on the wrong floor and entered a dark apartment directly above her own, where she pushed Jean, thinking he was a burglar. The 31-year-old claims she gave Jean verbal orders that were ignored. Then she shot twice and hit him deadly with a bullet in the chest.
"If it had been a white man, would it have been different? Would she have reacted differently? Said Allison Jean, the mother of the victim, last year at KXAS local station.
Jean's family, born in St. Lucia and working in his local church, filed a civil lawsuit. That was the question of how Guyger might have overlooked various details that told her she was in the wrong apartment was like signs, door numbers and a red doormat at the door. The lawsuit claims she killed Jean "without warning" when he got up from his couch. Citing examples of the recent deadly shootings by Dallas police.
Activists and Jean's family accused the police of conducting a biased investigation immediately after his death and treated them as if an officer were shooting a suspect, rather than a civilian killing an innocent victim. It was made public that marijuana was found in Jean's apartment. His followers claim that this was an attempt to pollute him.
An arrest warrant, which appears to depend heavily on Guyger's version of events, was issued just three days after the shooting. At that time, Dallas police had handed over the investigation to Texas Rangers. Guyger was initially charged with manslaughter and released two weeks later. A large jury accused her of murder in November.
Guyger was a police officer in Dallas for more than four years. Previously, she was released after the shooting of a surviving suspect in May 2017 from all violations. Jean & # 39; s lawyers will try to portray her as violent because she has allegedly published in social media incidents and aggressive quotes and memes, including: "People are so ungrateful. Nobody ever thanks me for having the patience not to kill them. "
Guyger's lawyers are expected to claim that Jean died as a result of a tragic accident and that, in the name of the place, they mistakenly acted out of fear of self-defense for their lives and the use of deadly force in them a context permitted under Texas law. Determining whether Jean's door was locked will probably prove important.
A record of Guyger's 911 call was sent to the local broadcaster WFAA in April. Guyger sounds panicky and weepy and tells the dispatcher, "I'm an off duty officer, I thought I was in my apartment and I shot a guy who thought he was … thought it was my apartment … I'll Oh my god, I'm sorry … I'll lose my job. "She repeats the sentence" I thought it would be my flat "more than a dozen times.
A donation in honor of Jean, um to expand its missionary work plans to hold a kick-off event in Dallas on September 29, which would have been his 28th birthday.