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The Clear Victim, Not the 'Perpetrator of a Crime': Outrage After Police and Local News Outlet Smear Botham Jean


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The Clear Victim, Not the 'Perpetrator of a Crime': Outrage After Police and Local News Outlet Smear Botham Jean

Julia Conley, staff writer

A local news report as well the Dallas Police Department drew outrage overnight after it was reported that authorities had found marijuana in the apartment of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black man who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer who entered his home on September 6.

A search warrant was obtained for the home following the shooting.


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Dallas Police Department
Never forget that it was the incompetence or complicity of the Dallas PD that allowed Lee Harvey Oswald to be murdered, thus preventing his questioning in the assassination of JFK.


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Yes. And how do we know the DPD didn’t plant the pot in Jean’s apartment after the fact?


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And:

  1. What are the results of blood tests done on the cop? The photo of her appears to suggest she’s abusing some sort of substance.

  2. What was the probable cause for searching the victim’s apartment? Another example of law enforcement/judiciary going out of their way to protect their own.

Why Did Dallas Police Search a Man’s Home for ‘Narcotics’ After One of Their Own Killed Him? – Sep 12, 2018 – Joe Setyon – Reason

Now KXAS reports that the day after the shooting, a Dallas Police Department investigator obtained a warrant to search Jean’s apartment. The warrant, signed by 292nd District Court Judge Brandon Birmingham, says the police intended to look for “any contraband, such as narcotics,” that could “constitute[e] evidence of a criminal offense.”

The warrant seems to suggest police had reason to believe some sort of illegal substance was present at Jean’s residence. When asked whether such probable cause existed, a Dallas police spokesperson referred Reason to the Texas Rangers, who took over the investigation soon after the shooting. A Texas Rangers spokesperson, in turn, referred Reason to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

A spokesperson for the district attorney said the search warrant was “fairly standard” for such a high-profile case, but added that “no specifics about the case will be released at this time to maintain the integrity of the case.”

So it remains unclear why the warrant referenced narcotics. According to Houston-based criminal defense attorney Mark Bennett, there doesn’t appear to be any legitimate legal reason for police to include that language. But there could be a practical one. “They want to smear the guy,” he speculates. “He no longer has reason to complain about the search of his place, because he’s dead,” he adds.

On the other hand, Clark Neily, the Cato Institute’s vice president for criminal justice, says it’s “not at all uncommon…to have a standard, boilerplate search warrant.” He adds that search warrants will often refer to what police “expect to find based on the particular incident,” as well as “a bunch of other stuff…on the off chance that they happen to find something that might be useful to them.” In this case, Neily notes, it makes sense police would expect to find shell casings or blood at the scene of the shooting. And the warrant refers to those too.

Why were they allowed to search Jean’s residence for narcotics as well? Neily says it has to do with “varying levels of oversight from judges.” In this case, “it seems pretty clear that this judge didn’t have any problem with the absence of corroborating…facts that you would expect to see in a search warrant.”

Andrew Fleischman, a criminal defense lawyer in Atlanta, thinks it’s “unusual” that police obtained a search warrant in the first place. “It’s fairly rare to see search warrants…for the place where the crime occurs, because the defendant normally doesn’t have standing,” he says. He also says it’s strange that the warrant relied so heavily on Guyger’s account of how things transpired. “It was written as though what she was saying was the truth,” Fleischman says.


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I’d also like to know how she came up with $30,000 for bail. A lot of money for someone on a cops salary.


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Number one, I would have to not be “ in control of my faculties” to go to the wrong apartment that was my home. That is ludicrous. She was not in her right mind. And to shoot at someone in the dark is even more absurd. If she thought she was in her apartment, the dark figure could easily have been a friend or relative. The first instinct would be to turn on the light. And how did she shoot him so accurately/fatally in the dark? And then for his home to be searched and his character besmirched to pitch a certain narrative is abysmal. This has got to stop. What can we do?


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Seems pretty obvious to me how someone could go to the wrong apartment, fail to notice it’s the wrong one, and on finding the door locked, beat on it to demand it be opened–if she thought it was her apartment, who did she think would open up? Her alter ego? Namely, she was four sheets to the win, or otherwise impaired. The question is not what contraband they could find in his apartment, it’s what was in her bloodstream.


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1.Reports from neighbors say someone banged on the door. That indicates she knew someone else was there and either did not have a key or else a chain was used inside.
2. Reports from neighbors say someone was shouting “Let me in!” That is not what you say to a stranger. That is what you say to someone you know.
3. He was out of his bedroom in his underwear,. If he answered the door in his underwear, it looks like maybe they knew each other fairly well.
4. If she knew him well, that might explain all of the police paraphernalia in the home.


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To hell with these evil bastards. Smearing that poor mans name after one of your murders him. Once again I find my self hoping that eventually Karma will eventually bring something resembling justice, since I can’t count on any from our government, state for federal.


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Yeah, in that good ole NRA world, we will be walking around with loaded and cocked guns, carrying them to the bathroom, holding them while sitting on the toilet, continually carrying the guns, instantly ready to fire as we mix a cool beverage in our kitchen, with our backs to the door where cops may illegally come in and kill you. No time to remove the safety in an NRA world.
God help you if you put down that gun to get ice from the freezer.
They will assuredly find something you did wrong somewhere to enable killings supported by the injustice system (improperly stored firearm?).
Do the NRA sell rear view mirror caps so you can see who is coming from behind when you get a bowl of chips?


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First I heard that his apt was upstairs. It was no accident. It was premeditated.
What were the results of search her apt.


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You stupid FUCK for brains, and guess what—if you are in Dallas with both marijuana and a gun —then you are now a certain DRUG DEALER worthy of immediate execution by cop because you also are Black.


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Had he in fact been toting a gun and shot our brave policewoman (not), he would be in jail for murdering a police officer. Let’s be real folks. “Houston” has a big assed problem.