Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Character Assassination? Cops reveal marijuana found in Bo Jean's home

Jean's family lawyer Lee Merritt gives talks to members of the press following a prayer vigil for Botham Shem Jean at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 in Dallas.(Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Jean's family lawyer Lee Merritt gives talks to members of the press following a prayer vigil for Botham Shem Jean at the Dallas West Church of Christ on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 in Dallas.(Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

An attorney for the family of a man shot dead by a police officer in the man's own apartment says a police affidavit shows investigators immediately sought evidence to discredit the victim.

Lee Merritt represents the family of Botham Jean, who was shot dead in his own Dallas apartment on Sept. 6. Officer Amber Guyger, who shot him, said she mistook his apartment for her own and thought he was an intruder.

A police affidavit shows that officers seized, among other items, 10.4 grams of marijuana and a marijuana grinder from Jean's apartment. Merritt said that showed investigators were immediately looking for drug paraphernalia. In his words, "They immediately began looking to smear him."

Guyger is charged with manslaughter and remains free on $300,000 bond.

Meritt spoke out yesterday saying, “I think it’s unfortunate that law enforcement begin to immediately criminalize the victim — in this case, someone who was clearly was the victim that has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home... I would love to see more information coming out about the warrants executed on the home of the shooter who lived just below him. I haven’t seen any of those. And particularly for it to be on this day the day that we remember and celebrate him... to see the common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings.” He continued, "I know because of how he lived his life it won't stain his reputation because he lived his life so virtuously... but it's unfortunate law enforcement has taken this turn.”

Two other lawyers on the legal team also reacted to the revelation. Ben Crump said, “This is nothing but a disgusting attempt to assassinate the character of a wonderful young man." Daryl Washington said, “It doesn't change the story. She claimed that she went into a place she thought was her apartment. She didn't claim she had gone somewhere because she thought there was some sort of criminal activity.”

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