The mysterious death of Botham Shem Jean has garnered national attention due to the questionable circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting. For many social media users, Jean’s shooting has reignited the heated debate surrounding the war on cops and white privilege.
In a nutshell, Jean was inside his own home minding his own business, when he was shot as a result of a grave mistake on someone else’s part. By now, most people know the shooter – identified as Dallas police officer Amber Guyger – quickly offered her side of the story, because Jean is no longer here to defend himself. But now a controversial video has emerged and it raises even more questions and speculation about her account of what happened.
Door Ajar Or Not?:
According to Fox Baltimore, a woman named Melissa Ann, who happens to live in the same apartment complex as Jean and Guyger, recently shared a video via Facebook that definitely raises questions about Guyger’s story.
Guyger claimed the door to Jean’s apartment was still left ajar when she walked in. However, a new video shows otherwise. The video shows how the metal fire doors automatically shut when they are open. Based on the video, there’s no way the door would have been idle and ajar as Guyger previously stated. This would mean a key would have been required for Guyger to get in the apartment. Since all keys are unique and the door was likely shut, she wouldn’t have been able to enter the apartment on her own. Once again, things just aren’t adding up.
Check out the video:
Witnesses Speak Out:
To make matters worse, the video isn’t the only incriminating aspect. Witnesses are also speaking out and most have a very different account of what happened on that fateful night. On Monday, September 10, Jean’s family attorney, Lee Merritt, discussed witness statements from two sisters also living in the complex. Their accounts contradict the affidavit associated with Guyger’s account.
“One happened to be in a quiet room reading a book, so she was in the best position to hear things,” Merritt said. “She heard pounding at the door. The other one [witness] was in the living room [of her own apartment] watching TV. She also heard the same pounding at the door.”
Witnesses also revealed they heard shouting minutes before the gunshots. “She heard, ‘Let me in!’ followed by ‘Let me in!’ in an elevated tone and then she heard more pounding at the door,” Merritt said. “Then shortly thereafter she heard gunshots.” Jean was also reportedly heard saying, “Oh, my God, why did you do that?”
The Back Story:
The latest news follows a string of reports about the bizarre shooting. For most people, the details are just mind-blowing and many aspects of the story just don’t add up.
According to the Star-Telegram, Guyger reportedly got off from work around 10:00 p.m. that evening and parked on the fourth floor of the complex parking garage. The affidavit offered details about her arrival at the apartment.
“She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door keyhole,” the affidavit says. “The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.”
Once inside the apartment, Guyger is said to have noticed a dark shadow she described as a “large silhouette,” but claims she couldn’t see the person. To most people, this alone seems odd that she walked in and didn’t notice she was in the wrong apartment. When Guyger saw the dark shadow, she gave verbal commands and because Jean didn’t comply, she shot him.
“That’s when she drew her weapon. Guyger drew her firearm, gave verbal commands that were ignored by Jean,” the affidavit says. “As a result, Guyger fired her handgun two times striking (Jean) one time in the torso.”
Her justification for the shooting has sparked outrage, because most people are arguing the fact that you can’t expect someone to adhere to verbal commands when you’ve basically broken into their home. Jean didn’t owe her an explanation simply because she had a badge.
Despite her obvious errors, the media has still opted to focus on seemingly negative aspects about Jean, presumably to justify her actions – but to no avail. Protests and demonstrations are underway, simply because there is no way to justify Guyger’s actions. It has been reported that Amber Guyger is now facing a manslaughter charge, but the charge alone isn’t enough.
Hopefully, Jean’s family gets the justice they deserve.