Amber Guyger, the police officer who was charged with manslaughter after fatally shooting 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment. (Photo credit Kaufman County Sheriff's Department)

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Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Has Been Fired

It has been more than two weeks since she shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean inside his Cedars apartment.

Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, who shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment earlier this month, has been fired after an internal investigation found she “engaged in adverse conduct.”

Guyger was charged with manslaughter in the killing; she is currently free on $300,000 bond. During a community meeting, Chief U. Reneé Hall had said that she could not fire Guyger because of “federal, state, and local laws … civil service laws,” although WFAA found that department policy appeared to contradict that statement. According to DPD’s general rules, “The Chief of Police may circumvent all formal disciplinary procedures to render an immediate decision when it deems it necessary to preserve the integrity of the department.” Hall also argued that firing Guyger could impact the criminal investigation.

Guyger can appeal her firing through the city’s civil service rules. In a statement, the department says she was fired during a hearing Monday morning. It’s one of the many things that protestors have called for. Guyger was allowed to remain free for nearly four days after the shooting, a detail viewed by many as hypocritical.

Guyger has said that she parked on the wrong floor of her South Side Flats apartment in the Cedars and accidentally walked to the apartment directly above hers. Her arrest warrant says the door was ajar, and that she opened it when she inserted her key, saw a dark silhouette across the room, and fired her weapon after he ignored her commands. An earlier search warrant contradicts that narrative, saying that Jean was found dead closer to the door.

Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family, says he has spoken to numerous witnesses who reported hearing a woman’s voice shouting “let me in” followed by pounding on a door. Police are analyzing the digital door locks of both Jean and Guyger’s apartments to get a better idea of what occurred.

In a statement, Merritt said Hall spoke with him, his legal team, and Jean’s family during a conference call on Sunday afternoon. She “announced her intent to fire” Guyger, and said the decision had been delayed because a “premature administrative suspension could have possibly implicated Guyger’s fifth amendment protections and compromised the criminal prosecution.”

“The Jean family expressed satisfaction in this explanation and in Guyger’s termination,” the statement reads.

Guyger had been on administrative leave since the shooting occurred.

Mayor Mike Rawlings issued the below statement Monday afternoon:

“I have heard the calls for this action from many, including the Jean family, and I agree that this is right decision in the interest of justice for Botham Jean and the citizens of Dallas. The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust. I know Chief Hall agrees with me on that and I appreciate her leadership. Once again, she’s made the right call.”

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  • Mayor Mike Rawlings released a statement. Full text:

    “I have heard the calls for this action from many, including the Jean family, and I agree that this is right decision in the interest of justice for Botham Jean and the citizens of Dallas. The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust. I know Chief Hall agrees with me on that and I appreciate her leadership. Once again, she’s made the right call.”

    • Matt Goodman

      You could’ve emailed this to me and I could’ve put it in the post.

      • PJCTX

        I love how Tim tried to steal your thunder here. Timsplaining.

        • Matt Goodman

          I don’t really care about my “thunder.” This is more about “let’s try to not make the reader have to scroll down unnecessarily to get pertinent information.” “Timsplaining” is a terrific term, though.

          • PJCTX

            It’s Monday. I’m doing my best.

  • Birmingham Jail Cell

    It does NOT matter because DPD will continue to murder young black men and insist ‘we are just doing our job.’
    Unfortunately, for young black men, they have been ‘doing the same job the same way’ for decades.

    The solution is STILL to never be black in America.

  • Scott

    It was an accident. Not a crime. Believe it or not cops don’t go around looking for people to shoot much less black people to shoot. The sad truth is that the black community is so openly hostile to law enforcement that they escalate simple things into life threatening confrontations. When you are being questioned…be polite, be calm and 100% of the time you will see the sun come up the next day. Get agitated and belligerent and you’ll make your own grave. Please change the record, liberals. We all know you’re trying to pander for support to your moronic causes.

    • senorita cindita

      Yes, when someone breaks into your apartment, by all means, please be polite to the intruder.

      • Scott

        In a police uniform? Intruder?? Maybe that’s the problem here…if a cop shows up to your house there’s a good reason. You look like an absolute idiot.

        • Stanley C. Favors

          @ Scott: yes, show up to an apartment without a search warrant and just enter. If you live to tell about it, let me know!

          • Scott

            Police have the right to enter a home without a warrant on probable cause. Get heavy with them and YOU see if you get shot or not. Moron

          • Stanley C. Favors

            You are the moron. In no shape or form did this woman have “probable cause” to enter the apartment. Of course you would not do it yourself. You talk a good game.

      • Stanley C. Favors

        @ Senorita Cindita: This man (Scott) would be among the first to cite Second Amendment and grab an available gun to shoot an “intruder.” Yet he say’s be polite. he is deranged.

        • Scott

          So to try and NOT incite violence with the police is deranged…probably explains the attitude of entitlement you people seem to be invoking and then scratch your little heads and wonder why you keep getting shot.