Reports have surfaced that Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean, was allegedly given time to able to clear up alarming posts from her social media.
According to Atlanta Black Star, despite being given the opportunity to delete damaging material from her accounts, she forgot to get rid of some of the damaging content that could adversely affect her case.
During an interview with journalist Jordan Chariton for his Status Coup platform, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt — who represents Jean’s family — shared that Guyger neglected to delete a Pinterest account that contains problematic content.
“She bragged about being violent, being short tempered,” said Merritt. “She bragged about use of force and she spoke out adamantly against things like kneeling and said the NFL died of ‘Colin’ [Kaepernick] cancer.”
Guyger also a fan of the “one shot, one kill” policy and boasted people were “lucky” if she made it through a week without killing someone.
Merritt also explained that it’s common practice for police officers under investigation to delete their social media content in order to ensure that their social and political views can’t be used against them.
“It’s quite common in cases of law enforcement officers,” he continued. “And we’re dealing with cases very similar to the murder of Botham where law enforcement officers are given every break, every leeway possible.”
Adding, “They’re given a chance when there’s body camera footage to review that, to craft their narrative around it, [and] to scrub their social media …”
In my interview with #BothamJean's family attorney, @MeritLaw makes the disturbing point: cop Amber Guyger being given days to scrub her social media isn't rare–this happens all the time. #BlackLivesMatter WATCH FULL INTERVIEW: https://t.co/OBCYlbHLVu pic.twitter.com/M1rwfC5tiZ
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) October 18, 2018
The victim’s parents, Allison and Bertrum Jean have been traveling to Dallas from their home country of St. Lucia to speak with investigators and to ensure justice for their son. But they say that their visits to America that once brought them joy, now “just opened the wound even deeper.”
“I’m afraid Dallas is no longer a pleasure,” Allison Jean told The Dallas Morning News. “I have to do it. I will do it. It is not a place that I wanted to be.”
Bertrum Jean, 54, also explains he’s been too distraught to return to work since his son’s murder.
“I tried it, and it was too emotional for me,” Jean admitted. “Unable to concentrate.”
Maybe next week, he said. “God willing.”
“I am not able to enjoy a meal since it happened. I have no appetite because my son was taken away in such a way,” he continued. “I eat just because I have to eat. But I don’t enjoy a meal anymore, knowing that he could not enjoy what I am enjoying.”
Despite their grief, the couple is doing their best to keep it together for their youngest child, 17-year-old Brandt, who speaks to a Dallas counselor over the phone, and is finding some sort of normalcy by staying in school and going to the gym to relieve stress. The Jean family is also incredibly grateful for the support they’ve received from their loved ones.
“We’ve been rallied around by our friends and relatives and church members,” said Jean. “That has been helping us through this difficult period.”