*The lawyer for the family of Botham Shem Jean, who was fatally shot by a Dallas police officer in his own apartment, says law officials are trying to discredit the victim by making public details of a search warrant conducted on his home.
Jean, 26, died on Sept. 6 after off-duty officer Amber Guyger walked into his apartment, allegedly thinking she was in hers (which is located one floor below) and shot him twice.
In the week since his death, Guyger’s messy story has changed multiple times, most likely to drum up support and sympathy from racist white folks. At first, she said Botham’s door was locked and she repeatedly tried to get in until he opened the door. Then she said his door was shut but unlocked. Now she says his door was never even shut and she gave Jean commands that he didn’t listen, The Associated Press reported.
Following the shooting death of Jean, multiple search warrants were executed at his apartment as part of the investigation, CBS News reports. Attorneys for Jean’s family are outraged that the document describing drug evidence became public on the same day of his funeral. They believe this was an attempt to discredit the victim. “They immediately began looking to smear him,” said attorney Lee Merritt.
“26 years without blemish and it took being murdered in his own home by a white Dallas police officer to make#BothemShemJean a criminal,” he wrote on Twitter.
One of the warrants listed several items found in Jean’s apartment, including a small amount of marijuana. Most of the items found during the search appear to belong to Guyger. The items seized include:
2 fired cartridge casings