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He Was Killed in His Own Home by a Cop. Now, a Lawsuit

Amber Guyger is 'dangerous individual,' complaint brought by Botham Jean's family says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2018 6:00 AM CDT
Amber Guyger.   (Kaufman County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
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(Newser) – The family of a black man who was shot to death in his own apartment by a Dallas cop has brought a lawsuit against both the former police officer and the city of Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reports. The complaint filed by the parents and sister of 26-year-old Botham Jean says Amber Guyger, 30, used excessive force and infringed on Jean's constitutional and civil rights when she entered Jean's apartment by mistake instead of her own on Sept. 6 and gunned him down.

"She simply opened fire without having any knowledge of the true situation," the suit notes, per the Dallas Observer, adding Guyger was "ill-trained" and that other factors, including a past shooting and a pro-cop Pinterest account, "[demonstrate] that she is a dangerous individual with highly violent and anti-social propensities." The Morning News notes the lawsuit will likely be postponed until criminal charges against Guyger make their way through the court. Guyger has been charged with manslaughter and was released on bail. (Guyger was fired from the Dallas Police Department for "adverse conduct.")

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