The lawyer for the family of a 26-year-old man who was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer is asking to be charged.
S. Lee Merritt, who represents Botham Jean's family, said on Saturday that the family is not asking authorities to draw conclusions or deny agent Amber Guyger his right to due process.
But he says they want Guyger to be treated like any other citizen, and where there is evidence that they have committed a crime, that there is an arrest warrant and an arrest.
The online records show that Guyger had not been charged since Sunday morning.
Guyger, 30, was identified as the off-duty officer who shot Jean in an apartment block in South Dallas on Thursday night.
Instagram images published by a neighbor show a uniformed officer crying on her 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.
Dallas police revealed on Saturday that Guyger had worked for the Dallas Police Department for four years in the Southeast Patrols Division.
Dallas police initially said they would seek his arrest, but then handed the case to the Texas Rangers for an impartial investigation. The Texas Rangers postponed the search for an involuntary manslaughter order, saying they needed more time to investigate information that had recently emerged after their interview with the officer.
Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was identified as the off-duty officer who shot Botham Jean, 26, in an apartment block in South Dallas on Thursday night.
Jean was remembered as a devout Christian who regularly led worship when he was at Harding University, a private Christian institution
Lwyer Lee Merritt (right) wants justice for Botham Shem's family who was murdered inside his apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger
Recordings of the aftermath of the deadly murder of Botham Jean, 26, by a police officer on Thursday, show 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.
"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 officers 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 not charged for 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.
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.
She also said that the Texas Rangers will conduct an independent investigation. An arrest warrant was not issued against Guyger because the Rangers wanted to examine the new information first.
"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.
The block of flats is only a few blocks away from the Dallas police headquarters.
Jean grew up on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia and studied at Harding University in Arkansas. He looks up in a Facebook picture
Officials believe that Guyger was confronted by Jean, and she pointed his gun at him and fired. He appears in a Facebook photo, on the left, and directs a university service on September 21, 2017.
Residents of the building said they can access their units with a key or a keypad code.
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.
"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.
"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.
Jean graduated from Harding University in 2016, and appears in the photo speaking there in 2014
The government of the island country issued a statement on Friday expressing its "shock" for the murder and extending 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."