Ladies and gentlemen, law enforcement has begun the character assassination of an educated black man who died at the hands of police. Unlike most cases you see in the news, Botham Shem Jean was not involved in any illegal activities. He was not out in the streets gangbanging. Jean was not out carjacking. “Bo” is a college grad, worship leader, and a valued employee. By all accounts, Jean was living the up and up and not resorting to the stereotype of the “bad black.” He was one of the good ones. At least for almost the first week, his character wasn’t being targeted.
Reports have been released that officials obtained a search warrant for Jean’s home. The warrant was executed and the image that is being painted of Jean is being manipulated by the authorities… the same authorities that continue to change the narration of how Guyger got into Jean’s home in the first place. Fox 4 is reporting that several warrants have been signed by judges and executed in this case aside from the arrest warrant for Guyger and the search warrant signed September 7. The other warrants currently remain sealed.
The search warrant for Jean’s home specifically sought out fired cartridge casings, fired projectiles, firearms, ballistic vests, keys, evidence of blood, video surveillance systems, and contraband such as narcotics and other items used in criminal offenses. The results of the warrant turned up a host of items including:
- 2 fired cartridge casings
- 1 laptop computer
- 1 black backpack with police equipment and paperwork
- 1 insulated lunch box
- 1 black ballistic vest with “police” markings
- 10.4 grams of marijuana in ziplock bags
- 1 metal marijuana grinder
- 2 RFID keys
- 2 used packages of medical aid
“I think it’s unfortunate that law enforcement begin to immediately criminalize the victim — in this case, someone who was clearly was the victim that has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home,” said Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family. “I would love to see more information coming out about the warrants executed on the home of the shooter who lived just below him. I haven’t seen any of those. And particularly for it to be on this day the day that we remember and celebrate him… to see the common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings.”
The character assassination is par for the course when it comes to painting police in a favorable light in comparison to the victims of their abuses. This case has proven especially sensitive for police after being forced to amend their narration of the course of events leading up to Jean’s shooting. While gaping holes remain in Guyger’s testimony of the events, police are playing the game of distraction by placing the focus on Jean through character assassination and what he MIGHT have been doing instead of what Guyger actually did.
For the sake of argument, if the recovered items were truly in Jean’s apartment and belonged to him, that doesn’t mean he deserved to die. That doesn’t explain the presence of Guyger which by now we know she was not there in any official capacity. Dallas PD is looking to throw shade on Jean in order to lessen the blowback on Guyger but she is going down, one way or the other. The senseless killing of black people and the lack of accountability by police has run its course. It is a new day.