Dallas police officer’s lawyer calls firing premature

Dallas police officer’s lawyer calls firing premature
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The lawyer of Dallas police officer Amber Guyger says it was "premature" and unfair that Guyger was fired after being charged with manslaughter, The Associated Press reported

Guyger, who is white and shot her neighbor Botham Jean, who is black, in his own apartment after thinking she was in her own home, was fired on Monday after an internal review of the incident by the police department.

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Guyger's lawyer Robert Rogers on Monday night said the department had "bowed to pressure from anti-police groups and took action before all of the facts had been gathered and due process was afforded," according to the AP. 

Rogers reportedly said the Sept. 6 shooting was "a tragic mistake," adding “words can never express our sorrow for the pain suffered by those who knew and loved” Jean. 

"[Guyger] is completely devastated by what happened," Rogers said.

Guyger has claimed she shot 26-year-old Jean because she thought he was burglarizing her home. She says she did not realize she had accidentally walked into his apartment when she shot him, thinking he was an intruder. 

Multiple witnesses have called this account into question, with Jean's lawyer saying he has spoken to witnesses who say they heard someone knocking on Jean's door and a woman yelling "Let me in."

Police Chief U. Reneé Hall fired Guyger during a disciplinary hearing this week, the Dallas Police Department said in a statement. 

An internal affairs investigation found that Guyger "engaged in adverse conduct" when she fatally shot Jean. 

Dallas police spokesman Warren Mitchell said adverse conduct is defined by "conduct which adversely affects the (morale) or efficiency of the Department or which has a tendency to adversely affect, lower, destroy public respect and confidence in the Department or officer" in a statement to the AP. 

Guyger's case will be presented to a grand jury.