Dallas police released a document showing there was under a half-ounce of marijuana in Botham Shem Jean’s apartment hours after his funeral
While several search warrants were requested the only document made public showed the marijuana possession
It is unclear if a search warrant was served for Amber Guyger’s apartment at this time
Jean’s family attorney Lee Merritt had no knowledge that the document was going to be released
Everything about the shooting of 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean up to this point has been a disaster. From the moment 30-year-old off-duty Dallas police officer Amber Guyger killed Jean, to a document related to a search warrant that was executed on his residence being released the day of his funeral, the behavior of the Dallas Police Department have been a complete public relations disaster.
A document describing drug evidence was made public on Thursday. The record became public after it was returned to the judge who had signed it, which happened to be just hours after Jean’s funeral. The document was dated September 7 and shows that 10.4 grams of marijuana and a grinder were found inside Jean’s apartment.
All other documents related to the several search warrants requested have yet to be released. It is not known if any of the search warrants were for Guyger’s apartment at this time. According to the document, the following items were taken from Jean’s apartment.
- 2 fired cartridge casings
1 laptop computer
1 black backpack with police equipment and paperwork
1 insulated lunch box
1 black ballistic vest with “police” markings
10.4 grams of marijuana in ziplock bags
1 metal marijuana grinder
2 RFID keys
2 used packages of medical aid
The choice to make this document alone public gives the impression that law enforcement is actively trying to smear the name of Jean as civil unrest weighs heavily in the heart of the community. Lee Merrit — the attorney for Jean’s family — was not aware of the decision to make the document public.
I think it’s unfortunate that law enforcement begins to immediately criminalize the victim — in this case someone who was clearly the victim and has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home. I would love to see more information coming out about the warrants executed on the home of the shooter who lived just below him. I haven’t seen any of those. And particularly for it to be on this day the day that we remember and celebrate him… to see the common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings.
It is unclear where the items were found inside the apartment and which items belonged to who. Guyger was reported to have agreed to a blood test the night of the shooting, but the results have not been released as public information. It is unclear if the test is completed or not at this time.