The mother of a man killed in his own apartment by a Dallas police officer has expressed disgust that reports have surfaced indicating that investigators found a small amount of marijuana in her son’s home.
Allison Jean, the mother of 26-year-old Botham Jean, said on Friday that her son’s name was smeared by reports that police found 10.4 grams of marijuana in his apartment.
She also says she wants to see the toxicology report for off-duty officer Amber Guyger, who said she mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own and shot him when he did not obey her verbal commands.
‘I’m calling on the Dallas officials … please come clean. Give me justice for my son because he does not deserve what he got,‘ Allison Jean said in comments reported by CNN.
Allison Jean, the mother of 26-year-old Botham Jean, said on Friday that her son’s name was smeared by reports that police found 10.4 grams of marijuana in his apartment
She wants to see the toxicology report for officer Amber Guyger, who said she mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for her own and shot him when he did not obey her verbal commands. Allison Jean is seen center with her son, Grant, 15 (left) during a prayer service in Dallas last Sunday
A newly released search warrant says Amber Guyger (left), 30, did not arrive at Both Jean’s (right) apartment to find the door ajar but rather was trying to unlock it with her set of keys when she appeared there last Thursday after a shift
A family attorney, Lee Merritt, said a police search warrant request that asked permission to search Jean’s apartment for drugs showed that investigators were looking for information that would “assassinate” Botham Jean’s character.
‘On the night that he was killed, the Dallas Police Department investigators were interested specifically in finding information that could help assassinate his character,’ Merritt said
‘Twenty-six years on this earth he lived his life without a blemish.
‘It took being murdered by a Dallas police officer for Botham Jean to suddenly become a criminal.’
Attorneys for Jean’s family demanded that the officer be fired at a news conference on Friday.
A police affidavit shows that among other items, officers seized 10.4 grams of marijuana and a marijuana grinder from Jean’s apartment.
Allison Jean expressed disgust that on Thursday, as mourners at her son’s funeral were remembering him for his religious convictions and kindness, the results of that search of his home were released.
‘To have my son smeared in such a way, I think shows that there (are people) who are really nasty, who are really dirty and are going to cover up for the devil Amber Guyger,’ she said.
A crowd protests in Dallas on Friday night. The local Fox television affiliate, KDFW, was roundly criticized for its initial reporting on the release of the report on the search’s findings
Guyger has been arrested for manslaughter and is out on bond.
Earlier, authorities released a video showing Guyger being booked into jail after she was arrested.
The video shows Guyger in handcuffs and dressed in an orange jail uniform on Sunday at the Kaufman county jail.
She takes a seat in front of a desk and later leans her head down, bringing her hands to her face.
The local Fox television affiliate, KDFW, was roundly criticized for its initial reporting on the release of the report on the search’s findings, drawing scorn from figures across the political spectrum for focusing on the marijuana, tweeting: ‘DEVELOPING: Search warrant: Marijuana found in Botham Jean’s apartment after deadly shooting.’
Amber Guyger wipes tears from her eyes as she is booked for manslaughter for the September 6th killing of Botham Jean
On Twitter, the ACLU called the tweet an ‘attack on an innocent man.’
Fox News contributor Guy Benson commented on Twitter, ‘Irrelevant. 100% irrelevant.’
KDFW, which later updated its story and added more context, declined to comment Friday about its initial coverage of the search affidavit.
At his funeral, Jean was described as an talented and passionate man, who confided to his uncle that he might want to become prime minister of his native Caribbean island country of St. Lucia some day.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall were among those who attended the hymn-filled funeral.
Rawlings has described Jean as a young professional and man of faith who was ‘exactly the sort of citizen we want to have.’