Cop who killed black man in his own home breaks down as she's booked for manslaughter
30-year-old Dallas cop Amber Guyger shot and killed her neighbor 26-year-old Botham Jean on September 6 and claims she mistook his flat for her's and thought he was an intruder
The fatal shooting of Botham Jean within the confines of his own apartment by officer Amber Guyger has caught the attention of the nation with the 30-year-old Dallas cop charged with manslaughter over the killing. New footage of her being booked for the crime shows her holding her head in her hands and apparently wiping away tears.
Guyger shot and killed 26-year-old Jean, her St. Lucian neighbor, on September 6. She was arrested for the same three days later. Guyger claimed that she entered the man's apartment after mistaking it for her own and then assumed that he was an intruder before shooting him.
In the one-minute video, Guyger can be seen wearing an orange prison jumper as she's brought in to be booked into the Kaufman County Jail. Her hands are bound and she's asked to sit on a chair by another female officer. She's glancing at her feet when another officer walks in and occupies the seat opposite her.
It's here that she holds her head with her hands, wiping away at her eyes as the officer fills out the paperwork in front of her. She then lifts her head back up and surveys her surroundings before taking her hands to her eyes and rubbing them.
Guyger was, however, released on a $300,000 bond that was posted by an attorney only a short while after she was taken into custody.
According to her, she arrived at the apartment after her shift and found the front door to be open. She says she then went in and saw a silhouette and assumed there was an intruder in the home. The 30-year-old claimed she issued verbal commands to the man and that she shot him twice when he refused to obey them. One of those shots hit Jean in the chest and killed him.
Those claims were put into doubt by witness accounts that state they heard a woman repeatedly banging on a door and shouting, 'Let me in! Let me in!' only a few seconds before the first shots rang out. A short while later, they say they heard a man yelling, "Oh my God, why did you do that?" Those are believed to be the victim's last words.
More recently, the Dallas Police have been accused of smearing the name of Jean by reporting they recovered 10.4 grams of marijuana and a marijuana grinder from his apartment. Lee Merritt, who represents the family of Jean, said that the authorities immediately sought evidence to discredit the victim and aid their case.
In the meantime, the family of the slain 26-year-old held his funeral on Thursday. Hundreds of people gathered to honor his life and legacy, with the likes of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Bishop TD Jakes, and Dallas Police Chief U Renee Hall, all in attendance.
Watch the video of Guyger being booked below.