Nearly three days after Dallas police officer Amber Guyger fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean in his own home, she was finally arrested and charged. However, just hours later, Guyger was released on bond. She is free to roam the streets while Jean is senselessly dead.
According to CNN.com, Guyger, 30, was charged with manslaughter. Last night, she was released on a bond of $300,000. The weak charge of manslaughter and being allowed to leave jail are just additional missteps as to how the case is being handled. Originally, she was reportedly not charged and released on Friday because she was “cooperative.” See her mugshot below:
Also, according to internet rumor, the two knew each other. However, activist Shaun King reports Guyger and Jean did not know each other, nor were they in any type of relationship.
See the photo of Jean below:
According to reports, the shooting took place Thursday night at South Side Flats where Jean and Guyger lived. Guyger ended her shift Thursday night and allegedly entered the wrong apartment. According to Dallas News, Jean’s door was unlocked and the lights were turned off in his apartment, “Guyger, who was still in uniform, put her key in the door, which was unlocked, and the door opened, the official said. The lights were out. She saw a figure in the darkness and thought her apartment was being burglarized, the official said. Guyger pulled her gun and fired twice.” She didn’t know she was in the wrong apartment until Jean was shot in the chest.
As we reported, Dallas Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall said it’s unclear what “the interaction was between her and the victim. Then at some point, she fired her weapon striking the victim.” Guyger called 911. Botham Shem Jean later died at a hospital.
Our condolences go out to Jean’s friends and family. We hope they receive justice.