Monday 18 March, 2019

Amber Guyger's lawyer says she was fired prematurely and unfairly

The attorney for a white Dallas police officer charged in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor in the man's own apartment says his client's firing was premature and unfair.

Robert Rogers, who represents the fired officer, Amber Guyger, said in a statement Monday night that Police Chief U. Renee Hall buckled under "pressure from anti-police groups" and acted "before all of the facts had been gathered and due process was afforded."

It was Rogers' first statement since the Sept. 6 shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean.

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Jean family attorneys and protesters had called for Guyger's firing following the shooting. The department dismissed her Monday.

Rogers says the shooting was "a tragic mistake" and that Guyger "is completely devastated by what happened."

Guyger was arrested on a preliminary charge of manslaughter days after the shooting. She is out on bond.

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