Today Botham Shem Jean was supposed to celebrate his 27th story. He was supposed to be a hashtag or a viral story. He wasn’t supposed to be gunned down in his own apartment by a police officer on September 6 in Dallas Texas. The St. Lucia native was supposed to be celebrating his life.
The person who shot and killed was Amber Guyger. She was arrested and charged with manslaughter on September 9, more than two days after she killed Jean. After only a few hours in custody, she was released on a bond of $300,000. After five search warrants, her apartment was never searched and she reportedly moved out of the complex the weekend she killed Jean. The 30-year-old was finally fired from the Dallas Police Department on September 24.
In honor of Botham Jean, see his life in photos and video. Rest in power.
Police serve capital, and as such, murder with impunity. This Friday, comrades flood the streets for #BothamJean! #BothamShemJean #BlackLivesMatter #nonewjails#FTP #UnionSquarehttps://t.co/NvxAOnI5B1 pic.twitter.com/WMCzLhWRkf— NYC-DSA Libertarian Socialist Caucus (@NYCLSC) September 27, 2018
Police Chief on NOT Firing Amber Guyger over Botham Jean’s Death -- “I can’t do that because there are both local, state and federal laws that prohibit me from taking action, there are civil service laws we have to adhere to.” Dallas Chief Renee Hall. https://t.co/DAim3LmjQx pic.twitter.com/4m9U2m4iaz— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) September 20, 2018
Here is video of Botham Jean, a 2016 @HardingU grad, leading singing in chapel. He was killed last night in Dallas when a police officer entered Jean's apartment - thinking it was hers - and shot and killed him. Read more: https://t.co/wpoWuplNsW pic.twitter.com/mNaqrk73jl— Stephanie Sharp (@stephmsharp) September 7, 2018
This singing in praise by #BothamJean is so beautiful and uplifting. Remember him and seek justice for him, taking on the police officer who killed him physically and the organised smear campaign trying to kill his remembrance. pic.twitter.com/tHouNYPKjd— Ben Phillips (@benphillips76) September 15, 2018