The family of a white Dallas cop who shot dead a 26-year-old black accountant in his own apartment insisted they were not racist after photos of them with white power posters and All Lives Matter t-shirts showed up.
Dallas police officer Amber Renee Guyger, 30, was booked into the Kaufman County jail at 7:20 pm Sunday on charges of involuntary manslaughter on Thursday for the death of Botham Jean, records show from jail.
Guyger claims that he confused the victim's fourth-floor apartment with his own third-floor house and that she thought he was a thief. It is not clear why she was so quick to open fire.
Now they have appeared photos of the stories of social networks of their relatives that seem to show racist inclinations and of white supermacistas in the family.
The family of a white Dallas policeman who shot dead a 26-year-old black accountant in his own apartment insisted they were not racist after photos of them showed alleged white power signs. This photo, from 2016, shows Guyger's sister-in-law, Noe Garza, gesturing with her hands
Another photo of Guyger's mother shows her in a white T-shirt that says "All lives matter"
A photo, from 2016, shows Guyger's sister-in-law, Noe Garza, gesturing with hands that some have suggested are symbols of white supremacy.
Garza, 43, a former chef, vigorously denies that the hand gestures he was making were racist symbols, and told Dallas News that he had been making the number 69 symbol while celebrating the 69th birthday of Guyger's father .
He added that he was not white, but was Latino, and had no support for white or racist nationalists.
& # 39; My last name is Garza. I'm Mexican, "he said." I do not care about your nationality, I do not care about the color of your skin, we all bleed red.
"I am not racist".
Amber Renee Guyger, 30, was charged with homicide on Sunday near Dallas
In another photo, taken more than 15 years ago, Garza seems to be showing another set of hand gestures.
He said he was doing an & # 39; L & # 39; and one & # 39; W & # 39 ;, the initials of one of his favorite bands, Lagwagon, in one of his concerts at the Pavilion Dos Equis in Fair Park. He is also wearing a black hat with the letter & # 39; W & # 39; and & # 39; L & # 39; superimposed.
Another picture of Guyger's mother shows her in a white T-shirt that says "All Lives Matter".
The slogan "All lives are important" is a reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards blacks. The movement has gained prominence in recent years with the high-profile massacre of many black men and women disarmed by the police.
Some people have chosen to react to the call for equality and fight against racism by creating their own motto; All lives matter
Alana Guyger, Amber's sister and Garza's wife, claims that the shirt was a gift to her mother from her father after an armed man killed five Dallas officers in 2016.
Guyger sent a $ 300,000 bonus and it was released at 8:30 p.m. Kaufman's deputies allowed him to leave the back of the prison, avoiding the gathered press, instead of the front of the building, as is typical of inmates under bondage, according to local reports.
Kaufman County is directly southeast of Dallas County, where the shooting occurred.
In Texas, the penalty for a manslaughter conviction is between two and 20 years in prison.
Brandt Jean, center left, brother of Shooting victim Botham Jean, hugs his sister Allisa Charles-Findley, during a press conference in front of the Frank Crowley Courts building on Monday
Jean, 15, brother Grant and mother Allison (center) mourn with other parishioners at a prayer service at the Church of Christ in Dallas West on Sunday
The Texas Rangers, who took over the investigation on Friday, said the investigation is ongoing and refused to provide more information about the case. The Rangers, a police group equivalent to the state police, carried out the investigation to avoid the appearance of a possible bias, said Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall at a press conference on Friday.
Early on Sunday, Jean's mother, Allison, and 15-year-old brother, Grant, mourned his death in an exciting prayer service at the church of Christ in Dallas West.
The congregation paid tribute to Jean, a consultant who actively participated in the ministerial service of the church, by signing his favorite hymn: My God is real.
Later on Sunday, the family held a press conference at 7 p.m. demanding the arrest of Guyger, apparently not knowing that she had already been arrested in Kaufman County at 6:37 p.m. and was on her way to the reservation.
Jean's family hired attorney Benjamin Crump, who is best known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
Botham Jean, 26, was shot dead by agent Guyger in his apartment in South Dallas on Thursday night. Guyger said he entered the department thinking it was his own
Guyger's reserve record, which was eliminated in less than an hour when he obtained bail, is seen
The disconcerting shooting took place around 9:59 pm on Thursday, when Guyger had just finished his full shift.
According to Guyger, she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment in the compound where she lived, believing it was her home, and had a kind of confrontation with Jean that ended when she shot the man with his service weapon.
Guyger, who was wearing a uniform, immediately called 911 to report that she had been involved in a shooting, the researchers said.
Police and paramedics administered the help at the scene, and Jean was taken to a hospital in the area, where he was pronounced dead.
Immediately after the shooting he was captured in images posted by a neighbor, showing a uniformed officer crying on his phone on a catwalk in the apartment block.
She is heard shouting "My God!" on the phone before it gets out of sight.
Moments later, the victim is detained on a stretcher while the doctors desperately try to revive him. Four officers follow him directly and another runs to reach him.
Guyger was tested for drugs and alcohol, but the results are not immediately available, according to Police Chief Renee Hall.
Hall refused to speculate whether fatigue or other factors, including race, may have influenced the shooting.
"At the moment, there are more questions than answers," Hall said at a press conference. She said she spoke with Jean's sister to express the apartment's condolences to the family.
Dallas police revealed on Saturday that Guyger had worked for the Dallas Police Department for four years in the Southeast Patrols Division.
"She's devastated," a Dallas police officer near Guyger told Dallas News. & # 39; She is like that, I'm sorry for this family & # 39;
Guyger, the only woman in an elite team of 10 agents making high-risk arrests, shot another man in 2017, this time a suspect who had taken his Taser.
Uvaldo Pérez, 47, was beaten once in the abdomen, but he survived and was sentenced to two years accused of drug trafficking. Guyger was found justified in that shooting.
The policewoman moved to the South Side Flats about a month ago, but she had never met Jean. According to the police, he returned home with his uniform after a shift and then called the office to tell him that he had shot a man.
She later told the officers they answered that she believed the victim's apartment was his when she entered.
The responding officers administered first aid to Jean, a native of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, who attended Harding University in Arkansas and worked for the accounting and consulting firm PwC. Jean was taken to a hospital, where she died.
The apartment complex is only a few blocks away from the Dallas police headquarters.
A new recording of the sequel to the deadly shooting of Botham Jean, 26, conducted by a policewoman on Thursday, shows a policewoman crying on her phone after the incident
After the policewoman leaves, the doctors come with Jean in a cart while they try to revive him frantically.
Residents of the building said they can access their units with a key or a keypad code. It is not clear if the door of Jean's apartment was locked at the time of the incident.
Jeffrey Scherzer, who lives in the complex, said that when he returned home late at night, an officer accompanied him to his apartment and warned him to stay away from a trail of blood.
Jean's mother, Allison, suggested in an interview on Friday that her son could still be alive if he were white. Jean is black and Guyger is white.
"I did not know she was white until now, if she was a white man, would she have been different? Would she have reacted differently?" She told KXAS.
Allison, who has held positions in the government of Santa Lucia, where she lives and where her son grew up, said that the death of her son "seems like a nightmare."
State Senator Royce West also raised the racial aspect of the shooting and said at a press conference on Saturday: "Is this a white-on-black crime? Yes, "he said, according to the Star-Telegram.
Jean grew up on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia and studied at Harding University in Arkansas. He looks up in a Facebook picture
Authorities believe that Guyger was confronted by Jean, who pointed his gun and fired. He appears in a Facebook photo, on the left, and directs a university service on September 21, 2017.
"He was a Dallas white and female police officer who shot and killed a person from Saint Lucia of African descent.
? Is this a crime related to race? I would not hold any kind of decision I made about what happened until all the facts come in. "
West said Guyger entered the department through an open door: "We need to find out if there was a personal relationship," he said. There are so many facts that must be analyzed before determining what type of homicide this is.
The government of Saint Lucia issued a statement on Friday in which it expressed its "shock" for the murder and extended its condolences to the Jean family. He said officials at his embassy in the United States would provide assistance to the family.
Harding University said Friday that Jean often ran worship services on campus when he was a student.
Family and friends described Jean as a devout Christian and a talented singer. His uncle Ignatius Jean said the murder left the relatives devastated and in search of answers.
"You want to think it's fiction … and you have to deal with reality," he said.
Jean's sister, Allisa Charles-Findley, said she needed "answers for my little brother."
"Last week I was thinking about what to give you for your birthday," he wrote on Facebook, "now I have to go find your chest."
Agent Guyger said he mistakenly entered Jean's apartment (pictured Thursday from the street) thinking it was his own
The shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Thursday at the South Side Flats in South Dallas
Neighbor Alyssa Kinsey told The Dallas Morning News that Jean helped her move new furniture to her apartment shortly after she moved into the building with her family in April.
"I'll remember his smile," he said. & # 39; Simply lit a room & # 39;
Nathan Monan, a friend from Harding University, said that Botham Jean was kind to everyone and that he often led people to sing during the chapel.
"He lived what he said," Monan said, adding that Jean's death has aroused emotions of overwhelming sadness and anger. & # 39; This does not make sense to anyone at this time & # 39;
A YouTube video published in 2014 shows Jean making his presentation to become the president of the university's student association.
"I want to serve," he says in the video. "The My Harding experience has really inspired me to want to serve and I want all Harding students to have the best possible experience with Harding."