Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Leaked call confirms Guyger as 'cold-blooded murderer' - Allison Jean

Members of the Jean family expressed disdain after hearing the leaked audio of Amber Guyger's 911 phone call which she made after fatally shooting Botham Jean in his own apartment.

Botham's mother Allison spoke with The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday saying, “The call made me strengthen my view that Amber Guyger is a cold-blooded killer because she was more concerned about losing her job than my son, the value of my son. She does not sound like she was trying to help him at all.”

Some of what Guyger said included, "I'm f---ed," "I’m going to lose my job," "Oh my god. I’m done. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t mean to. I didn’t mean to. I’m sorry. Hey bud," and "I’m going to need a supervisor."

She also said, "I thought it was my apartment," over and over again.

The video below contains explicit language.

Allison Jean noted, “She never said she was afraid or that he charged her. She never said she thought he was a burglar.”

Dallas Morning News also reported that  Allison hearing the call, "has taken her back emotionally to where she was last year immediately after the shooting.

“It’s terrible,” she said. “It’s really heart-wrenching.”

They also wrote, "Her husband, Bertram Jean, listened to the call on his phone at work in St. Lucia. He became so upset, she said, that someone had to take away his phone.

Allison Jean said both she and her husband kept working Tuesday even as they struggled to cope with what they heard. “For us, work is a good distraction,” she said."

Botham's sister Allisa Charles-Findley posted a reaction on Facebook, "Where is the sympathy for the person you accidentally shot? “Hey bud” is not sympathy or concern for the person paying for your mistake. Where is the CPR? Where is the urgency? Where is the “please don’t die, stay with me”? The defense is really reaching if they think that tape is going to draw sympathy for their selfish client. Try again.

P.S. Shame on WFAA for this foolishness. Ratings must be really low."

Family attorney Lee Merritt said, "Supporters of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas Police officer that murdered Botham Jean in his apartment, have leaked a recording of her 911 call to the media in hopes of drumming up sympathy ahead of the looming murder trial."

The CNN report of the story bears the headline, "I thought it was my apartment,' Dallas officer says 19 times in tearful 911 call after shooting Botham Jean," which may be considered sympathetic.

Merritt also said, "Completely absent from the 911 recording is any actual justification for the use of deadly force. Guyger will almost certainly argue at trial that she “feared for her life”. She failed to make any such claim moments after shooting Botham in the chest. If he presented a threat to her at all— this would be the first thing she said as she explained away her actions on the call.

Conversely, in the absence of any indication that Botham Jean represented a threat to Guyger, the claim that she entered his apartment believing it to be her own falls desperately short of justifying her decision to shoot him."

According to AP, "Dallas police have launched an internal investigation into how a local television station obtained a recording of the 911 call made by an officer in the moments after she fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own home.

On Monday, WFAA aired the recording of Amber Guyger telling a dispatcher that she shot Botham Jean. The broadcaster doesn't say how it obtained the audio from the Sept. 6 call.

Police have repeatedly declined to release the recording, claiming it is exempt from Texas public records law because it is part of an ongoing criminal probe.

Department spokeswoman Melinda Gutierrez says the department didn't authorize the release and has opened an internal affairs investigation into the matter.

The department fired Guyger in late September."

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