The family of a black man who was shot dead in his apartment by a white policewoman has confirmed that they had never met before she killed him, but she has cast more doubts about his version of events.
Botham Jean, 26, was shot dead in his Dallas apartment last Thursday by police officer Amber Guyger, 30.
Guyger lived an apartment under Jean and states that she went wrong to her apartment thinking it was hers. She told the police that when she reached the front door, it was ajar and the lights inside were off. She says she entered, saw a "dark silhouette", gave verbal commands and then shot the man, believing he was an intruder.
But Jean's family says their story is full of holes.
Botham Jean's family says he had never met police officer Amber Guyger before she killed him in his apartment on Thursday
They say that the banking associate was afraid of the dark and that he would never have had all the lights off inside.
They also say that he would not have kept the door ajar because it was unsafe, and they pointed out that he had a red doormat in the front of his apartment, which would have been impossible for the policeman not to detect and realize that he was in the wrong place. .
"He made sure everyone knew that this is mine, it's my red carpet," said his mother.
Botham's family says that the policeman should also have known it was not his apartment because of his red doormat (top)
They also revealed on Wednesday that Jean, who moved to the United States from his native Santa Lucia in 2011 to attend college, was terrified that he would be considered a black man living in Texas.
"He told me he was a black man in Dallas, that he does not walk with his hands in his pockets.
"Just so he does not have any profile," his teenage brother Brandt told CBS this week.
Jean's mother, Allison, said she would never have sat at home in the dark.
"When he heard that his door was open, he never – and without the lights off – he would never do that.
– He was like me. He does not like darkness. "
The witnesses told the family lawyer that seconds before they heard Guyger shoot his gun, they heard a woman in the hall banging on her door and shouting: "Let me in, let me in!"
Jean, 26, moved to the United States from St. Lucia to attend college. Since then, his brother told him how he told him that he had never walked with his hands in his pockets because he was afraid he would be racially profiled in Texas because he was black.
This was the scene outside his door on Wednesday after the red doormat had been removed
After the shooting, another person said that they heard a man shout: "My God, why did you do this?"
The witness believes that these may have been Jean's last words.
Guyger called 911 immediately and was seen walking from one side of the corridor to the other in his police uniform while making the call.
Jean was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead.
Jean Allison's mother says she suspects what happened. She is photographed on Saturday at the church. She is photographed with her brother at his funeral in Dallas on Thursday
Jean's devastated family members mourn at his funeral on Thursday in Dallas
The police took three days to arrest Guyger. She was admitted to jail on Sunday for a murder charge and was rescued by a lawyer with $ 300,000 bail.
Since then, she has not said anything. The district attorney is weighing whether to increase the murder charge.
Meanwhile, her family was forced to deny accusations of racism.
The complaints arose when a photograph of Guyger appeared with a relative in which the man makes a gesture with his hand.
Some said he was spelling the letters & # 39; W & # 39; and & # 39; P & # 39; P & # 39; – to be able to target. In another image, the policeman is photographed with a woman wearing a "All Lives Matter" shirt.
The shooting sparked protests across the city of Dallas, and many branded it racially motivated.