Monday 21 October, 2019

Jean family lawyer says focus should be on corruption not hugs

Botham Jean's neighbour Joshua Brown, left, was killed in a shooting Friday, Oct. 4. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Botham Jean's neighbour Joshua Brown, left, was killed in a shooting Friday, Oct. 4. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Jean family lawyer Lee Merritt, who was also the lawyer for the recently murdered witness for the prosecution, Joshua Brown, has spoken out about the corruption in Dallas on his Facebook page, Sunday, October 6, 2019:

"We are under constant attack as a community but we seem to have only mastered fighting each other. I don’t know who killed Joshua Brown. He was a truly genuine soul that was loved deeply by his family and friends and I will work to get to the bottom of his murder.

In the meantime I’ve watched a pattern emerge. It goes like this: “they” attack our community; we respond by attacking each other. Take the Amber Guyger trial for example. It revealed corruption at every level in the city of Dallas.

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Amber Guyger’s partner Martin Rivera openly admitted destroying evidence, violating departmental policy, committing perjury. He has faced little to no blow back. He is still a Dallas Police Officer till this day. The Dallas Police Association president Mike Matta showed up to Botham’s apartment the night he was murdered and interjected himself into that investigation, actively conspiring to protect Amber Guyger. He instructed she be taken out of custody, that body cam and dash cam videos be halted and began crafting a narrative to get her off... on camera!

The DOJ needs to be auditing the entire department. We should be hounding the mayor and police chief non stop to clean house. We are not though.

The vast majority of our bandwidth has been directed at telling an 18 year old how to properly grieve.

The black female judge that prevented the Texas Rangers from tanking this case with their biased conclusions is currently being destroyed socially and under formal review professionally because she had a human moment after the case was completely over. Why are we so anxious to attack black women while ignoring glaring injustices?

I’ve read articles condemning my office’s financial interest in this case. Our community has joined in, reaffirming the greedy black lawyer caricature that white supremacist use to denounce justice efforts. Now Joshua Brown is dead and instead of coming together— trolls have gone so far as to say his blood is on my hands personally.

We have real enemies. We have real work to do. We have to stop this self destructive tendency to implode and fight each other. Let’s bring the fight to them. It will require something rare: UNITY #itsonus"

Meanwhile, the mayor of Dallas is urging people to avoid speculation after Brown, a key witness in Guyger's murder trial, was shot to death days after the officer's conviction.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson said on Twitter that he trusts Dallas police will conduct a thorough investigation into the death of Joshua Brown and that until then, people should "refrain from speculation."

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said Sunday that police have no suspects or motives in the Friday killing of Brown, who had lived in the same apartment complex as Dallas police officer Amber Guyger and Botham Jean.

A jury convicted Guyger of murder last week for fatally shooting Jean inside his own apartment. Police say the shooting that killed Brown happened at another apartment complex.

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