Texas Judge Refused to Sign Manslaughter Warrant for Dallas Cop, Councilman says
It's been three days since a Dallas police officer shot and killed a man for doing nothing more than chilling in his apartment but the cop has yet to be charged despite assurances from the chief that she would be charged.
Instead, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall handed the investigation over to the Texas Rangers state law enforcement agency to "ensure total transparency."
However, Chief Hall then said the Rangers asked her to "hold off" on the manslaughter warrant until they further investigated the incident.
Meanwhile, the cop who did the shooting, Amber Guyger, 30, remains free and employed after she was placed on paid administrative leave.
And the man she killed, Botham Jean, is laying in a morgue from a senseless death.
So what is really going on?
The Texas Rangers have been mum about the case, but a Dallas City Councilman has been making inquiries and was told that the judge refused to sign the warrant for manslaughter at the request of police because her actions constituted murder.
Councilman Philip T. Kingston also said the Texas Rangers don't want the case and are not working it, contradicting the chief's claim that the Rangers already talked to Guyger.
Kingston made his claims on Facebook in a post you can read below:
Not surprisingly, it appears that Dallas police are doing their best to protect the cop, whose name was not officially released until the Dallas Morning-News published it on Saturday.
Amber Guyger, who has been at the department for five years, shot a man last year after he snatched the taser from her after she tasered him.
She was never charged in that shooting because she said she feared for her life but is that going to work in this case?
The latest shooting took place Thursday night after 10 p.m. when Guyger had just gotten off her shift.
She was in full uniform when she tried to enter Botham Jean's apartment, which was right below her apartment, thinking it was her apartment.
She managed to get the key in the door but was unable to open it when Jean opened the door, probably after hearing somebody trying to get in, which was when she shot him.
Dallas police say they took blood samples from her to determine if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol but they previously said she was "tired" after working a 12-hour shift as if fatigue is a justification for killing a man.
Contrary to online rumors, Guyger did not know Jean, much less dated him. She had moved into the complex only a month earlier.
After the shooting, witnesses say she was pacing back and forth while distraught, talking on the phone.
Alyssa Kinsey, Jean's next-door neighbor, said she stepped out of her apartment, only to be ordered back inside by cops.
Kinsey was interviewed by Heavy, stating the following:
> She told Heavy that she tried to step outside her apartment “once the cops started swarming but they told me to stay inside.” She heard people saying things like, “We have an officer working on CPR” and “Where’s the stretcher.”
> Kinsey added, “I heard the lady cop say ‘I need to call my partner’ and another cop said ‘okay go but don’t tell him anything.’” She called what happened an “absolute tragedy” and characterized the story as “bizarre.”
> She said of her neighbor, “He’s the last person I could ever imagine this happening to.” To show what a good person Jean was, she told the story about how she was struggling to move furniture in the apartment complex hallway one day. “But it proved to be a challenge and he came down the hall and saw me struggling, kind of laughed at how ridiculous I looked, but he swooped in and helped me get everything in my place and made sure that was all of it out of my car,” she said.
> Jean, she said, was the only neighbor who said “hi” when she moved into the apartment complex. They spoke about their jobs and Jean “always had a good attitude” and characterized his current job as a “stepping stone.”
> “He helped me move furniture, we drank beers on the porch together, talked about living in Dallas and traffic and life, him and my boyfriend talked and argued sports. He always had a huge smile that would light up a room” and always made sure to say, “Hey, how are you?” recalled Kinsey.
> “He was a genuinely great man.”
Meanwhile, it does not appear that Dallas police have even interviewed Guyger about the shooting, which is a perfect example of Blue Privilege.