Wednesday 12 December, 2018

Dallas chief explains why she hasn't fired Botham's killer

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall and State Senator Royce West listen as people ask questions regarding Botham Jean following an African American Leadership summit on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. (Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall and State Senator Royce West listen as people ask questions regarding Botham Jean following an African American Leadership summit on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. (Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall issued a statement explaining why she has yet to fire Officer Amber Guyger who fatally shot Botham Jean in his own apartment.

Botham's mother Allison and the Jean family lawyers have been demanding Guyger's firing.

Hall's statement reads:

"There is one overriding reason that I have not taken any administrative or employment action against Officer Amber Guyger. I don't want to interfere with the on-going criminal investigation into her actions.

"Here's why. As an employer, DPD can compel Officer Guyger to provide a statement during a DPD administrative investigation and those statements given to DPD could potentially compromise the criminal investigation.

"That is not a risk I am willing to take. We cannot let the criminal case be determined on a 'technicality' rather than the facts. An exhaustive and thorough criminal investigation is essential, and as soon as we are assured that conducting an administrative investigation will not impede on the criminal investigation, we will proceed."

CBS Dallas/Fort Worth spoke with Pete Schulte, a Dallas lawyer and former police officer, who reacted saying,  "Both the internal investigation and the criminal investigation should be ongoing at the same time," he said. "There is no ability for the internal affairs investigation to cross over to what the Texas Rangers are doing. It doesn't make any sense legally why these two investigations cannot be going on simultaneously, like they have happened in every other case."

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