Dal­las of­fi­cer ar­rested on man­slaugh­ter war­rant

Manteca Bulletin - - Nation -

DAL­LAS (AP) — A white Dal­las po­lice of­fi­cer was ar­rested Sun­day on a man­slaugh­ter war­rant in the shoot­ing of a black man at his home, Texas au­thor­i­ties said.

The Texas Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety said in a news re­lease that Of­fi­cer Am­ber Guyger was booked into the Kauf­man County Jail and that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. It said no ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was avail­able.

Guyger fa­tally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Thurs­day. Lawyers for Jean’s fam­ily had been call­ing for Guyger’s ar­rest, say­ing the fact that she had re­mained free days af­ter the shoot­ing showed she was re­ceiv­ing fa­vor­able treat­ment. They held a news con­fer­ence Sun­day night, shortly be­fore the ar­rest was an­nounced, mak­ing another plea for the of­fi­cer to be taken into cus­tody.

They weren’t im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment af­ter the ar­rest came.

S. Lee Merritt, one of the at­tor­neys for Jean’s fam­ily, said Satur­day that the man’s loved ones weren’t call­ing on the au­thor­i­ties to jump to con­clu­sions or to deny Guyger her right to due process. But Merritt said they wanted Guyger “to be treated like ev­ery other cit­i­zen, and where there is ev­i­dence that they’ve com­mit­ted a crime, that there’s a war­rant to be is­sued and an ar­rest to be made.”

Guyger, 30, is a four-year vet­eran of the po­lice force. The Dal­las Po­lice Depart­ment re­leased her name Satur­day night.

Po­lice Chief U. Re­nee Hall said the day af­ter the shoot­ing that her depart­ment was seek­ing man­slaugh­ter charges against Guyger. But she said Satur­day that the Texas Rangers, who have taken over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, asked her depart­ment to hold off be­cause they had learned new in­for­ma­tion and wanted to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther be­fore a war­rant was is­sued.

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