Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall is being slammed by activist for not firing officer Amber Guyger, who killed Botham Shem Jean in his own home on September 6. Yesterday only made matters worse when she claimed she was legally “prohibited” from firing Guyger—which several reports claimed was not true. Now, Hall has released a statement that only seems to dig herself further into a hole.
In a statement to ABC 8 in Dallas, Hall claimed she doesn’t “want to interfere with the on-going criminal investigation into [Guyger’s] actions.” She explained, “As an employer, DPD can compel Officer Guyger to provide a statement during a DPD administrative investigation and those statements given to DPD could potentially compromise the criminal investigation. That is not a risk I am willing to take,” she continued. “We cannot let the criminal case be determined on a ’technicality’ rather than the facts. An exhaustive and thorough criminal investigation is essential, and as soon as we are assured that conducting an administrative investigation will not impede on the criminal investigation, we will proceed.”
However, attorney Peter Schulte slammed Hall’s statement to ABC 8, saying, “When I read Chief Hall’s statement today, it just doesn’t make much sense to me. I don’t know if it’s ignorance or being naive, but it doesn’t make any sense legally.”
ABC 8 explained, “Statements given to internal affairs cannot be used in the criminal investigation. Officers are given what’s called a Garrity warning. That means anything they say is only used for the purpose of disciplining an officer or firing them. The Texas Rangers are conducting a separate investigation from the Dallas Police Department and have already taken Guyger’s statement. DPD can fire Guyger for being arrested and charged with manslaughter even without Guyger giving a statement to the department.”
Chief Hall might be out of a job sooner than later. Clearly, she dropped the ball and needs to be held accountable.
Along with Guyger not being fired, it took 72 hours for her to be charged and her apartment was never searched, even after five search warrants. She has now moved out of the home.
We truly hope the family of Botham Jean gets justice.