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Family of Botham Jean Files Suit Against Ex-Dallas Cop

The family of a 26-year-old black man shot and killed in his own apartment by a white former Dallas police…

The family of a 26-year-old black man shot and killed in his own apartment by a white former Dallas police has filed a federal trial.

The process filed on Friday claimed that Amber Guyger used excessive power when she knocked down Botham Jean, a St. Lucia-born, September 6th. The court record says that Guyger reported that she had lost her apartment to herself and thought she had encountered an intruder.

She was accused of death days after shooting and has since been fired. The trial also says that the department did not adequately educate Guyger and adds that the agency is training its officers to use mortal power “even when there is no immediate threat to themselves or others.”

Guyger and Dallas Dallas as a whole are both named as respondents in suit. This is because Civil Rights Attorney Lee Merritt, representing the Jean family, said that the debt for this incident stretches beyond an officer.

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“They have used mortal power and they have no consequences for it,” Merrit said. “So this trial is designed not only to handle this case as an isolated incident without specifically coming to the political and procedures that allow this type of thing to continue to happen”.

The city of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department both said they could not talk about ongoing disputes. Guyger’s criminal attorney did not immediately leave NBC5’s call for comments.

Jean family lawyers also consider a petition to the United Nations, saying that this is an international issue since Jean was from St. Lucia.

NBC5’s Alice Barr contributed to this report.

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