American Police Officer Arrested for Fatal Shooting of St Lucian
A Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, was arrested on Sunday on a manslaughter charge in the fatal shooting of St Lucia native, Botham Shem Jean. Guyger was off-duty when she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own on Thursday 13th and eventually shot him while he was unarmed. Jean later succumbed to his injury at a hospital.
Guyger, 30, a four-year veteran, was released from the Kaufman County Jail on Sunday evening after posting a $300,000 bond.
Botham Shem Jean, 26, was the son of Allison Jean, former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development in St Lucia. She wonders whether race could have played a role in his killing. In an interview with NBC, she said,
“I didn’t know she was white until now. If it was a white man would it have been different? Would she had reacted differently?”
Botham Shem Jean’s uncle, Ignatius Jean, said the murder had overwhelmed the family and they are now left searching for answers.
Jean’s family has hired attorney Benjamin Crump, best known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.