Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who shot and killed Botham Shem Jean when she entered his apartment, using the excuse that she thought it was her apartment, is getting all the privileges that cops give fellow cops accused of committing crimes. She probably wouldn't have even been arrested had it not been for the public outcry. Two days later, Guyger was charged with mere manslaughter. She spent just a few hours in custody, which is highly unusual for a suspected killer. Then, her fellow cops got a warrant on the victim's apartment in a desperate attempt to find something to smear him with. They found a tiny bit of pot, and Fox News reported on it like it was the crime of the century. And now the news is out that Guyger's apartment has never been searched, which means she's had plenty of time to get rid of any incriminating evidence.
ABC 8 in Dallas obtained copies of the five search warrants for the case. Two of them "allowed investigators to remove the front door of Guyger and Jean's apartment, their door locks and to download data for their door locks."
The third warrant allowed investigators to enter Jean's apartment. The fourth showed they obtained video from the surveillance camera in the apartment management's office. The final warrant, according to ABC, "gave investigators the authority to obtain all communications related to the incident in the possession of property management, as well as all surveillance video and all entry and access logs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the night of the shooting."
What's missing? No warrant to search the killer apartment, Amber Guyger.
Office Guyger also has plenty of time to think about how to tell her side of the story, which doesn't match witness's accounts. From the National Review:
This is what we know so far. Jean was home alone in his apartment in the South Side Flats complex in Dallas when police officer Amber Guyger entered and shot him dead. The precise chain of events is somewhat disputed. The affidavit supporting Guyger's arrest warrant states that she believed she was entering her own apartment, which was directly below Jean's and laid out almost identically. When she placed her key in the lock, the door pushed open, the apartment was dark, she saw a "large silhouette" across the room, and she believed she was facing a burglar. She "drew her firearm" and "gave verbal commands," which she claims Jean ignored. She fired twice, and only then, she says, entered the apartment, called 911, turned on the lights, and realized she'd made a terrible mistake.
These statements, however, don't square with other testimony. One witness reported hearing a woman yelling, "Let me in! Let me in!" before the gunshots and a man's voice saying, "Oh my God. Why did you do that?" after them.
Ah. Now we are starting to understand some things much more clearly.
This was one of the recent memes Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger recently shared online. pic.twitter.com/90quCrDCb7
— Shaun King (@shaunking) September 14, 2018
Our office has been retained to represent the estate of #BothamShemJean. Our first & foremost priority will be to ensure justice is served for this family. That includes holding Amber Guyger accountable for her crimes as well as ID'ing all responsible for enabling this incident. pic.twitter.com/p9tJAiJZOi
— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) September 8, 2018