Wit­ness in mur­der trial of Dal­las cop is shot dead

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Neil Vig­dor

Awit­ness who de­liv­ered key tes­ti­mony in the trial of Am­ber Guyger — the white for­mer Dal­las po­lice of­fi­cer con­victed this past week in the mur­der of an un­armed black man, Botham Jean — was fa­tally shot on Fri­day night, a lawyer for Jean’s fam­ily said.

The wit­ness, Joshua Brown, 28, who lived in the same apart­ment com­plex as Guyger and Jean, was shot sev­eral times by an un­known as­sailant, Lee Mer­ritt, the fam­ily’s lawyer, said on Twit­ter.

Brown’s death oc­curred just two days af­ter a Dal­las County jury sen­tenced Guyger to 10 years in pri­son, well short of the max­i­mum 99 years that she could have re­ceived in the killing of Jean, a 26-year-old im­mi­grant from the Caribbean is­land na­tion of St. Lu­cia.

The sen­tence an­gered Jean’s fam­ily mem­bers and so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cates, who said it was an­other ex­am­ple of fail­ing to hold white po­lice of­fi­cers like Guyger ac­count­able for their ac­tions.

“His mur­der un­der­scores the re­al­ity of the black ex­pe­ri­ence in Amer­ica,” Mer­ritt said of Brown. “A for­mer ath­lete turned en­tre­pre­neur — Brown lived in con­stant fear that he could be the next vic­tim of gun vi­o­lence, ei­ther state sanc­tioned or oth­er­wise. Brown de­serves the same jus­tice he sought to en­sure the Jean fam­ily.”

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