The White Dallas cop who killed an unarmed Black man in his own apartment was fired from her job on Monday.
Dallas Police Department Chief U. Reneé Hall fired Amber Guyger during a hearing on her manslaughter charge in Botham Jean’s death.
“An Internal Affairs investigation concluded that on September 9, Officer Guyger engaged in adverse conduct when she was arrested for Manslaughter,” the statement posted on Twitter read. “Officer Guyger was terminated for her actions.”
— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) September 24, 2018
Hall had initially resisted calls to fire Guyger after the local community raised questions as to why she still had a job. “I can’t do that because there are both local, state and federal laws that prohibit me from aking action,” she said during a Sept. 18 town hall meeting. “There are civil service laws we have to adhere to.”
Guyger has the option to appeal the department’s decision.
Guyger told police she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and thought she was being burglarized as she entered. She said she noticed a “large silhouette” in the dark.
The former officer shot Jean in the chest and realized her error only after she turned on the lights.
Jean’s family disputes Guyger’s version of events and feels that she should have known she was not at her home due to the apartment number being different and Jean having a red doormat, according to Vox.
Witnessed said they heard Guyger knock on the door and shout “let me in, let me in” before gunshots rang out.
Jean’s death has ignited outrage and caught the attention of Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who are competing for a U.S. Senate seat in the state.
Cruz had criticized O’Rourke for saying that Guyger should have been fired following the incident.
“I wish Beto O’Rourke and Democrats weren’t so quick to always blame the police officer, always attack the police officer,” he said on Sept. 16.
The Dallas Police Department handed the investigation over to the Texas Rangers.
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