Ronnie Babbs is one of the few witnesses on the night former police officer Amber Guyger shot Botham Jean in his Dallas, Texas apartment. She recorded the shooting just moments after, showing Guyger talking on her phone and the paramedics removing Jean’s body. Now, there are reports her credibility is being questioned just because she started a GoFundMe page after she was reportedly fired from her job for coming forward.
According to the Dallas News, Babbs “could put justice at risk, because she has now tainted her testimony in search of a payout.” The outlet also said, “Unfortunately, Babbs has seen fit to turn her witness into an opportunity for victimization, self-aggrandizement and enrichment. She took to gofundme.com to raise money for herself after she says she was fired for being a witness in the case.”
In addition, according to KRLD radio, Guyger’s lawyer are “now questioning whether Babbs is a credible witness because she was using the shooting to solicit donations.”
It sounds like that powers that be are trying to do everything they can to discredit the one person who could put Guyger is the jail cell she deserves.
Babbs’ GoFundMe page, which raised $30,000, read, ““I… [have] received countless harassment… I was working for a pharmaceutical company, a loyal employee for 3 years working my way up in the company. They decided to fire me the moment it was discovered it was my video footage and assumed it help … [lead to] the officer’s arrest. They called me a radical, anti-police amongst other things. They also blacklisted me.”
See Babbs explain the video in the interview below:
On Dec. 1, a grand jury finally indicted former police officer Guyger with murder for killing Jean. She was booked into the Mesquite Jail and released way too quickly on a $200,000 bond.
Guyger claimed that following a long day on the job as a Dallas police officer, she implausibly mistook his apartment for her own and, after ordering Jean not to move, shot him twice before realizing the error of her ways. Her story was met with doubt because of a number of factors, especially her assertion that Jean’s door was ajar. Videos posted on social media by neighbors appeared to show that apartment doors in the building shut automatically, which seemed to indicate that Guyger was lying.
In addition to the inconsistencies in her alibis, which have changed several times, Dallas police, of which Guyger was a member for five years before being fired, appeared to be helping to cover up the shooting for their colleague. The department was accused of allowing Guyger enough time to scrub her social media accounts and get her story straight before turning herself in three days after killing Jean. It also gave Guyger enough time to move out of her apartment, which was never searched by police despite five warrants allowing them to do so.
Murder charges against a police officer are notoriously hard to prosecute. There are roughly 1,000 police shootings every year in the United States, but officers seldom face justice. According to CNN, only 80 cops were arrested on murder or manslaughter charges for on-duty shootings between 2005 and April 2017. However, only 35 percent of those arrests led to convictions in that 12-year period.
Let’s hope Botham Jean gets justice.