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Experts disagree on whether Dallas officer could be credible

16 September 2018

It's not clear whose weed it was, but a civil rights attorney representing Jean's family says the department's motives to search for "narcotics" were all too clear.

Others say that even though Guyger was in the wrong apartment, she could have had a reasonable belief that she was defending her life and her property. Nine days after the shooting, there has been a sloppy investigation, Guyger has changed her story multiple times and the police have tried to blame the victim by saying there was marijuana his home. He's a college graduate who worked with his alma mater to send students to his home country of St. Lucia for volunteer work.

The history of what Merritt described as "character assassinations" in the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police has been long documented.

On Thursday, multiple news outlets reported the results of a search warrant executed on Jean's apartment. In the case of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot in July 2016, former Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez noted that the smell of marijuana made him fear for his life.

A search warrant was carried out by Dallas police after his killing which revealed that marijuana was found in Botham's apartment.

And, of course, let's not ignore the racial bias that exists around marijuana in general.

Guyger's story raises many more questions than answers, as the community mourned Jean, who worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dallas and was known for his volunteerism and charity work.

O'Donnell said it would require a full investigation to determine all the factors that went into her shooting Jean, and that one or two details could make a difference. That would be the only complexity added.

The group peacefully marched through Downtown Dallas, stopping at the Omni Hotel, the Adolphus Hotel, the Statler Hotel, and the offices of the Dallas Morning News, FOX 4 and WFAA before returning to DPD Headquarters. "You get the warrant out of an abundance of caution and you list in the warrant anything that could possibly be relevant ... so that nobody can complain about it later". They claimed the release of that information was a "smear campaign" orchestrated by police to assassinate Jean's character. Guyger has since been placed on administrative leave and charged with manslaughter; Jean died at a local hospital. "It's a pattern that we've seen before ... we have a cop who clearly did something wrong".

Experts disagree on whether Dallas officer could be credible