September 11, 2018

Protesters Call for Justice for Botham Jean in Downtown Dallas

Protesters on Monday night demonstrated peacefully in front of Dallas police headquarters while others marched through Downtown Dallas to call for justice in the fatal shooting of Botham Jean.

The demonstrators chanted Jean’s name and demanded that police officer Amber Guyger be charged with murder instead of manslaughter.

A smaller group of proyestors also marched down Lamar Street, toward the apartment complex where Guyger fatally shot Jean.

Dallas police officers closed off streets and blocked traffic as protesters marched. However, the group was met with officers mounted on horseback as it neared Dallas Police Association headquarters.

When the group was on its way to DPA headquarters, one police officer fired a pepperball gun into the ground near the intersection of Cadiz Street and Lamar Street. No one appeared to be hurt when the non-lethal weapon was fired.

Demonstrators said they will continue to protest what they see as preferential treatment of a police officer.

“The number one answer that I want is what happened,” Botham’s mother, Allison Jean, said. “I have asked too many questions and I have been told there are no answers yet.”