Botham Jean, 26-years-old, African-American, and shot dead in his own apartment last week by a police officer. The officer in question mistakenly walked into Botham’s apartment, thought it was her own apartment, and shot Botham thinking he was an intruder. Botham was unarmed and posed no threat to the white police officer. His only crime: being black in America.
I cannot figure out why the death of #Botham continues to strike my heart so hard. The pain almost feels like it’s not my own. It feels visceral and ancestral, the pain of another one of our men murdered just because he had the nerve to be alive and free. #freedomovereverything
— spearsnteapots (@seekingseekers) September 12, 2018
This tragic event brought together dozens of protesters outside the Dallas police headquarters last week. They were demanding justice for the family of Botham Jean as exact details from that fatal night have yet to be released, even to Botham’s mother.
Charges have been brought against the officer in question. Currently, she is being charged with manslaughter, however, it has not been finalized, and prosecutors are still considering an upgrade of charges to murder.