We’ve been covering the details surrounding the death of Botham Jean, who was fatally shot by Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, who accidentally went into his apartment, thinking it was her own. Since the shooting multiple search warrants were issued for Botham’s apartment, and his lawyers are pissed about one of the warrants becoming a public record.
According to Fox 4, out of all the warrants issued, his lawyers find it interesting that the one the judge signed off on to make public was one that lists several items found in his home, including marijuana.
Botham’s family lawyers weren’t even given a heads up that the warrant was now out there for everyone to access. His attorneys claim that it doesn’t matter whose marijuana it is at the end of the day because he’s the victim in all of this.
“I think it’s unfortunate that law enforcement begin to immediately criminalize the victim — in this case, someone who was clearly was the victim that has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home,” said Lee Merritt, attorney for Jean’s family. “I would love to see more information coming out about the warrants executed on the home of the shooter who lived just below him. I haven’t seen any of those. And particularly for it to be on this day the day that we remember and celebrate him… to see the common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings.”
“It doesn’t change the story,” said Daryl Washington, attorney for the Jean family. “She claimed that she went into a place she thought was her apartment. She didn’t claim she had gone somewhere because she thought there was some sort of criminal activity.”
“I know because of how he lived his life it won’t stain his reputation because he lived his life so virtuously,” Merritt continued . “But it’s unfortunate law enforcement has taken this turn.”