Updated: February 24, 2021
A white female police officer in Dallas, Texas, walked into a black man’s apartment at about 10 p.m. on Thursday, and killed him for no reason, and then claimed she thought he was in her own apartment.
Why it matters: In the United States, black men are gunned down virtually every day by white police officers filled with rage, hate and racism. In court, the killers are often acquitted and discharged leading to riots and calls for justice.
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While black men are massacred for no reason, many are picked up and jailed, devastating the black community and leaving black women to raise their children alone and sometimes sinking into depression as their kids turn out to be at disadvantage, and end up also in jail, giving white people a continuous chain of domination.
President Donald Trump who has been accused of being pro-white nationalists, has denied the charge, but called black players who were protesting the killings with a knee during the national anthem “son of a bitch”.
New York Daily News reported on Friday that the officer walked “into what she believed to be her apartment at the South Side Flats and fatally shot Botham Shem Jean”.
The newspaper called it a “mistake” and said the Dallas police officer will face a manslaughter charge “after mistakenly entering the wrong unit in her apartment building and fatally shooting the man inside — a baffling incident that perplexed local residents and drew national outrage”.
It said the officer was fresh off a shift and still in full uniform Thursday night “when she walked into what she believed to be her apartment at the South Side Flats, located about a block away from the Dallas Police Department Headquarters. She was confronted by a man, identified by the Medical examiner’s office as 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean.
“Investigators are still working to piece together the events leading up to the shooting that claimed the life of Jean, a St. Lucia native and employee at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ risk assurance department”.
“Right now there are more questions than we have answers,” Dallas Chief of Police U. Renee Hall told reporters during a news conference Friday afternoon.
She said the officer’s blood was being tested for drugs and alcohol as part of their investigation. Hall declined to identify the officer, who she confirmed is Caucasian, until she is formally charged.