Newswire: NAACP LDF is pushing for an independent investigation into deadly shooting of Joshua Brown

By Frederick H. Lowe, BlackmansStreet.Today

Joshua Brown, a key witness in the murder trial of Amber Guyger, was found shot to death

     The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is pushing for an independent investigation into the murder of Joshua Brown, a key witness in the recent trial of Amber Guyger, a former Dallas cop, who shot to death Botham Jean and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his murder.

In another development, Dallas police on Tuesday produced Avery L. Moore, assistant chief for investigation and tactical, to refute LDF’s assertions. Moore is Black and because of this, his comments may seem more believable to some Blacks and some whites. Police, however, have a history of planting evidence and using unreliable jailhouse informants to solve cases and win convictions. CNN first broke the story and other networks, including NPR quickly followed.

Moore claims Brown was murdered during a botched drug deal involving three other men. One of the men who was wounded has been hospitalized. The other two men are on the run, Moore said. Police raided Brown’s apartment, and they claimed they found large quantities of drugs and cash.

Moore’s announcement attempts to blunt wide-spread speculation that police assassinated Brown because the department’s initial reaction was to protect Guyger by using Dallas area media to smear Jean, an accountant. Moore alluded to the speculation without being specific during a news conference.

The media depicted Jean as a drug addict. Jean used medical marijuana to treat symptons of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.

It remains to be seen if the Dallas Police Department is believed because of the long history of bad blood between the police and the black community. The LDF is calling for a federal investigation, which reflects the sentiment of Dallas’s black residents.

An unknown assailant or assailants shot to death Brown in the parking lot of a Dallas apartment building. His body was found Friday. Brown died of multiple gunshot wounds.

“The circumstances surrounding the murder of Mr. Brown cries out for answers. Most importantly, it demands an independent investigation of how and why he was killed,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF’s president and Director-Counsel. “We urge state or federal authorities to follow the trail of misconduct left by this case and fully investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Brown’s death. “ Dallas police attempted to protect Guyger by shutting off her camera attached to her uniform.

Brown, who lived in the apartment across the hall from Jean and could hear him singing gospel every morning, contradicted Guyer’s testimony. Guyger mistakenly went into Jean’s fourth-floor apartment located in the South Side Flats building, believing it was hers.

Guyger’s apartment is directly below Jean’s. Jean was sitting on the couch watching television and eating vanilla ice cream. When Guyer entered the apartment, not noticing it was not hers, she testified Jean did not obey her commands.
The deadly shooting occurred September 6, 2018.

But Brown, who was listening through his apartment door’s peephole, testified that he never heard Guyger issue any commands, according to LDF. “His testimony was critical to Officer Guyger’s conviction, including establishing that officer Guyger did not shout verbal commands or warnings before shooting Botham Jean,” LDF said.

The murder of Botham Jean has raised troubling concerns from the beginning of the investigation, and now the deeply alarming and highly suspicious murder of Joshua Brown increases the urgency of an immediate, independent investigation of every aspect of these tragic killings, the LDF said in statement issued Sunday.

Like LDF, Lee Merritt, Brown’s family attorney, is also calling for an independent investigation of his client’s deadly shooting,

Newswire:  Dallas cop shoots, kills man in his own home

 Same cop was involved in shooting last year in which a man was wounded

By Frederick H. Lowe

 

 

Botham Shem Jean

Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The off-duty Dallas police officer who mistakenly walked into the wrong apartment, believing that was where she lived before shooting and killing Botham Shem Jean, the tenant, has been identified as Amber Guyger, the Dallas Morning News and social media are reporting. Amber Guyger, a Dallas police officer, who entered the wrong apartment, mistakenly believing it was where she lived before and shooting and killing the actual tenant, was arrested Sunday and charged with manslaughter. Guyger, 30, was released on $300,000 bond for Thursday’s […] Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said the Texas Rangers are in charge of the investigation, and they have asked the DPD to refrain from charging Guyger until they finish questioning her. The Dallas Police Department wants to charge her with manslaughter. Guyger, a four-year veteran of the police department, was wearing her police uniform after having completed her shift. She went to the wrong apartment and attempted to open the door, which would not open. The 26-year-old Jean heard the commotion and opened the door. Guyger, believing he was a burglar, shot him. It is not known if any words were exchanged between the two or if Guyger just had a visceral reaction when she saw a black-male face staring back at her. Allison Jean, Botham’s mother, wondered if race played a role in the deadly shooting. “If he had been a white man, would things have turned out differently?”she asked. It was only after emergency medical technicians arrived that Guyger realized she was in the wrong apartment. Jean was pronounced dead at Baylor Medical Center. Social media said Guyger and Jean knew each other. A photograph of Jean with several women is posted on Facebook, but Jean’s family lawyer said that none of the women is Guyger. The two did not know each other, he said. Police also confirmed the two weren’t acquainted. The Dallas Morning News reported that Guyger was involved in an earlier on-duty shooting incident when she shot Uvaldo Perez, 47, in 2017 after he wrestled away her taser. He was shot in the stomach and survived. Jean, a native of St. Lucia, had been working as an intern in risk assurance for accounting at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, an international accounting and consulting firm with offices in Dallas. He was a 2016 graduate of Harding University, a private Christian liberal arts university in Searcy, Arkansas. He earned degrees in accounting and business systems. Jean was also a member of the school’s campus ministry. Dallas West Church of Christ will hold funeral services for Jean on Thursday.