Dallas Police Department Fires Cop Who Shot Neighbor

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It took 72 hours for Guyger to be charged, her apartment was never searched-even after five search warrants-and she wasn't fired until 18 days after she killed Jean in his home.

When Guyger put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar (according to the affidavit), it opened. According to DPD's general rules, "The Chief of Police may circumvent all formal disciplinary procedures to render an immediate decision when it deems it necessary to preserve the integrity of the department". "It says it was dark inside, she saw the silhouette of a man, and she gave him orders that he didn't follow".

She had been on administrative leave, as activists called for her immediate firing.

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"I have heard the calls for this action from many, including the Jean family, and I agree that this is right decision in the interest of justice for Botham Jean and the citizens of Dallas", Rawlings said Monday afternoon. "As an employer, DPD can compel Officer Guyger to provide a statement during a DPD administrative investigation and those statements given to DPD could potentially compromise the criminal investigation", Hall said. Guyger was off-duty but still in her uniform when the shooting happened at the South Side Flats, where both Jean and Guyger had apartments.

Last week, TheGrio sat down with Botham Jean's mother, Allison and her attorney, Lee Merritt in our NY studio to discover the man behind the big smile, her immediate feelings the night she received the call about her son's death and her unwavering quest for justice and the truth.

"We're looking at every conceivable, possible thing that we can look at to be able to bring this case to the grand jury", District Attorney Faith Johnson told NPR's Here & Now last week. The swift termination of any officer who engages in misconduct that leads to the loss of innocent life is essential if the Dallas Police Department is to gain and maintain the public trust. An earlier search warrant contradicts that narrative, saying that Jean was found dead closer to the door. She then drew her weapon and fired twice, the affidavit said. He worked as an accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a devout churchgoer. Her attorneys have said she has been in hiding since.

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