Botham Jean Family’s Lawyer Hails White Cop’s Murder Conviction as “Precedent-Setting Case”

A white off-duty police officer who shot and killed a 26-year-old black man in his own home in Dallas in 2018 was convicted of murder on Tuesday. The officer, Amber Guyger, entered Botham Jean’s apartment, mistaking it for her own, and shot and killed him. Jean’s apartment was located one floor below Guyger’s in the building. She claimed during trial to have believed Jean was an intruder. Guyger is the first Dallas police officer to be convicted of murder since the 1970s, according to The Dallas Morning News. For more on the case, we speak with Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Botham Jean. He says the verdict is a potentially “precedent-setting case” that signals white police officers cannot kill unarmed black and brown people without consequence.

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