Attorney: Family of Dallas police shooting victim will sue


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Botham Jean spoke at his college, Harding University in Arkansas, in March 2014. (Jeff Montgomery/Harding University)

(AP) — The family of a 26-year-old black man who authorities say was fatally shot by a white Dallas police officer after she mistook his apartment for her own intends to file a federal lawsuit claiming excessive use of force.

Attorney Lee Merritt said Wednesday that Botham Jean’s family will name Amber Guyger and the city of Dallas as defendants in the lawsuit.

Merritt didn’t say when the lawsuit will be filed.

Guyger told investigators she had just ended her shift Sept. 6 when she returned to her apartment complex, but she went to the wrong unit. The door was ajar and swung open to reveal a figure in the dark apartment. Investigators say Guyger drew her service weapon moments later and fired twice, striking Jean.

Guyger was fired Monday.


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  1. 🌍The shitstem is rigged🌋

    To be honest we're leaning on justice more than law suit...this is amerimakka and they corrupt to the core....i've watch this particular case where they dismiss a case on the wrongful killing on a blackman then turned around a gave his family $4.00,one for his wife and the rest for each of his 3 children....JUSTICE FOR BOTHAM!

  2. I smell money, lots and lots of money. They meaning the police department admitted she worked over 12hrs and that might have caused her to enter the wrong apartment so guess what they just left themselves open to a really big lawsuit. The money isn’t going to bring him back but it can surely make sure his memory and good will shall forever be remember if the family ever decides to use it for that. Like building a technical school or helping fund some we have here and also open a scholarship in his memory.

  3. Oh well they know a law suit is coming I forget how much the State of Texas pays out which is ridiculous they might make them an offer to avoid a trial I hope they don't accept it . The lawyers better be on this full 100 and demand maximum compensation. After that then they go after the bitch for a wrongful death law suit and take all she has now and forever. Black men die like this each and every day at the hands of the police in America So many shooting, just this past week there was another incident it was even worst under Obama Florida Baltimore big riot, Virginia, New York South Carolina all made national headlines too much and nothing is been done. This is far from been the last god luck.

  4. Yes!! The family should absolutely sue. They murdered their son and Tanish his reputation. Awful People.

  5. On the day of his memorial service they announced he had drugs in his apartment. On the day of his burial they announced police murderer got fired. They yet to do a thermal check on the amber guyer. I agree with botham family go with full force n sue them. Everything about this amber is racist an excuses upon excuses for her. Yet a black innocent man will be tarnished. We all in support of the jean's family. May his soul rest in peace

  6. Yep! Make them pay. Especially, that rotten cop and the enabling system. She believed that she could pull that stunt and walk away.

  7. thats the right thing, we not giving up at all for them suckers, we need justice and justice must be serve, one way or de other

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