Where the hell do we begin? Amber Guyger is going down for the death of Botham Shem Jean… it’s just a question of how hard is she going down. Everyone who is anyone has heard about this case but no one truly knows what happened that fateful night when Dallas cop, Amber Guyger, shot and killed Botham Shem Jean in his own home. No matter how you try to spin it or look at it, the optics are very ugly for police in general and the Dallas Police Department (DPD) specifically. Cop apologists have already rallied behind Guyger and placed the blame for Jean’s death on himself. Many cop supporters are saying that Jean should have complied with the orders given by Guyger. But before we get to that, let’s backtrack to the beginning and piece our way through the mess.
Initial reports state that Guyger mistakenly shot Jean because she thought he was an intruder in her apartment. Problem is, she was in his apartment and not the other way around. After realizing her mistake, she called police to report an officer-involved shooting. When authorities first received the call they were under the impression Jean was the suspect. It is when they arrived on the scene and the events unfolded, they realized the aggressor or intruder was one of Dallas finest, Guyger.
Immediately questions were being launched on all sides. Why was Guyger at Jean’s apartment? How did she mistake her apartment for his? Was she under the influence? How long was her shift and how long did she live at the apartment complex? As the floodgate of questions opened, officers had to quickly contain the scene and control the narrative. Little by little, tidbits of answers leaked out to questions asked. One of the more pressing facets of the case is how Guyger gained entry to Jean’s apartment.
How Did The Dallas Cop Get In?
When the news first broke, everyone wanted to know how did she get in to Jean’s apartment. The first excuse given was that Guyger used her key but the door wouldn’t unlock. Because she was sure that it was her apartment (we’ll go into the surroundings later) the fact her key wasn’t working confused her. It didn’t make a trained police officer of at least five years on the force pause. Instead, in typical cop fashion, it only frustrated her as she continued playing with the lock. Again, according to initial reports, Jean hearing the commotion at the door opened it and was shot by a startled Guyger.
The story didn’t hold water so authorities amended and refined their narration of the events offering that the door was already unlocked. Guyger pushed her way into the dark apartment. When she noticed Jean’s silhouette across the room, she yelled out several commands before firing her gun twice.
Residents of the complex quickly debunked the claims by Dallas PD posting videos of the hallway and the doors in the complex. By design, the doors at South Side Flats are made heavy to automatically close shut. Furthermore, the doors automatically lock upon closing. The door does not just stay open as is displayed by several videos posted to social media.
Authorities changed their story yet again to claim that the door was already open. Not just open though since the doors would close and lock but “slightly ajar“. Notice the 3rd revision of how she entered the apartment. Let us not forget that she was not immediately interviewed while the details were still “fresh” in her mind. Rather she was allowed days to get her facts straight and even with all that time the holes in her story leads to revisions of her account of the events.
One more thing to consider before the next questionable part of the case is the red rug in front of Jean’s door. Jean is the only tenant in the whole to have this rug. It is unfathomable that a trained officer would not notice the rug as she walked up to the door. In the event that she did, there is absolutely no way she could have not seen the rug as she looks down to insert the key fob into the door. In addition to that, she would have noticed the difference in the surface which she is walking on. The hallways is well lit so the rug could not have been invisible or hard to pick out. To say that she mistakenly went to Jean’s apartment and ignored all the signs showing it wasn’t her apartment is naive and something only Blue Lives Matter would tout as a reasonable excuse for what happened.
Dallas Cop Arrest Warrant
There is some question about the Texas Rangers taking over the investigation from the Dallas PD and why it took long for an arrest warrant to be issued and executed. It is a well-known fact that the Texas Rangers took over the investigation at the request of the Dallas Police Department. The department, in a bid to seem fair and impartial, took a backseat while the rangers took the lead. When a police department has evidence of a crime being committed in their jurisdiction — and Dallas PD made it clear they did — they are able to file charges and make an arrest immediately if they so choose. An outside agency can still be requested to review if the department desires. People are released, exonerated, and charges dropped all the time.
Then, there was the issue with obtaining the actual warrant. Reports stated that one judge didn’t want to sign off on the warrant until the charge was changed to murder. Officials were quick to debunk the assertion but considering the lies officials have fed every step of the way, it’s safe to assume there is some truth to the matter.
After three days to get her ducks in a row, a warrant was finally issued and Guyger arrested. She easily made bail and was back out on the street in mere hours. In the meantime, authorities executed a search warrant of Jean’s house and one of things mentioned was narcotics. This spawned another controversy or wrinkle to the Jean shooting.
Guyger was finally charged with manslaughter in the death of Jean. According to the arrest affidavit, Guyger’s apartment is directly below Jean’s at the South Side Flats, 1210 South Lamar. When she “inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door key hole. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.” When she noticed the large silhouette in the room she immediately thought it was a burglar and “gave verbal commands that were ignored by (Jean).”
A search warrant written on Sept. 7 painted a different story stating “An off-duty Dallas Police Officer, who was wearing a full Dallas Police uniform, was attempting to enter apartment number 1478, with a set of keys. An unknown male, inside the apartment, confronted the officer at the door. A neighbor stated he heard an exchange of words, immediately followed by at least two gunshots.”
There is a noticeable discrepancy in the location of Jean at the time of Guyger’s invasion into his home. The arrest warrant describes Jean as being “across the room,” the search warrant says he confronted Guyger at his door.
The warrant was for the collection of evidence, including shell casings, bullets, firearms, ballistic vest, keys, possible video, any narcotics and and other trace evidence such as blood.
The warrant doesn’t indicate if the narcotics in question were for Guyger or Jean. Jean’s apartment was searched for narcotics just to be safe. Guyger’s blood was drawn to test for drugs and alcohol.
More discrepancies abound in this case and we here at TLE will address them. Subscribe and share to stay current on the latest on this multi-part expose/editorial on how Dallas PD is narrating events in a way to get the best outcome. Amber Guyger is going down for the death of Botham Shem Jean… it’s just a question of how hard is she going down.