Family of man shot in his own apartment files lawsuit against Dallas, fired officer

Family of man shot in his own apartment files lawsuit against Dallas, fired officer
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The family of Botham Jean, who was fatally shot by a police officer in his apartment last month, filed a lawsuit Friday against the city of Dallas and the cop who killed him, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The lawsuit states that off-duty Dallas police officer Amber Guyger shot Jean though there was "no immediate threat of harm," and says that she used excessive force, which violated Jean's constitutional and civil rights, Dallas News reported.

The outlet reported that the lawsuit also accuses Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, the Dallas City Council and city manager of "fail[ing] to implement and enforce such policies, practices and procedure for the DPD that respected Jean's constitutional rights."


"By simply following proper police procedures and the best police practices and not the protocol of the DPD to 'shoot first and ask questions later', Defendant Guyger would have not shot Jean," the suit states.

Jean's family is seeking "answers and compensation for their respective damages," the suit says, according to the outlet. 

Interim City Attorney Chris Caso and Guyger's attorney did not immediately respond to Dallas News's request for comment. The Dallas City Council and Dallas Police Department declined to comment to The Hill. 

Guyger was charged with manslaughter and fired last month after an internal review of the incident. 

An internal affairs investigation found that Guyger, who is white, "engaged in adverse conduct" when she fatally shot her neighbor, Jean, who is black, upon entering his apartment. 

Guyger said at the time that she believed it to be her apartment, and mistakenly entered her neighbor’s unit. The officer said she believed Jean to be an intruder and shot him. He was later pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital.