Thursday, May 19, 2022

Outrage! Botham Jean Supporters Arrested & Stuck in Jail While Amber Guyger is Set Free

*Killer cop Amber Guyger is free on bail, but activists who peacefully protested her are still in jail… reminding us all that there’s something really jacked up about our justice system.

As reported by mic.com, nine protesters were arrested Sunday for blocking entry to a Dallas Cowboys game, and they remained in police custody Monday afternoon, angering their families and supporters.

According to local reports, those handcuffed outside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and taken to jail were: Lelani Russell, 25; Miracle Freeman, 29; Michael Lowe, 38; Dion Williams, 29; Stephanie Briant, 29; Davante Peters, 25; Darryl Burnham, 31; Melissa Perry, 33; and Arminta “Cleo” Jeffries, 25.

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Protesters demonstrate in support of Botham Shem Jean outside the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. Lee Merritt

The activists were demonstrating in support of Botham Shem Jean, the young black male professional who was fatally shot in his apartment Sept. 6 by the Dallas police officer. Guyger claims she entered Jean’s home believing it was hers and shot him after allegedly mistaking him for a burglar.

Three days later, she was arrested and charged with manslaughter. Many are still outraged that Guyger was released from jail less than two hours after posting a $300,000 bond.

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, who helped organize the demonstration, noted in an interview Monday: “At this point, the protesters’ ordeal has lasted 15 hours,” he said. “These activists were arrested for blocking an entrance. Amber Guyger was arrested for killing a man and she was released within two hours.”

According to the report, demonstrators arrested for nonviolent acts of protest in Dallas are usually charged with class C misdemeanors, allowing them to be released immediately after posting bond. In this case, however, Jean’s supporters were charged with class B misdemeanors, which require arrestees to be held indefinitely until they appear before a judge.

It’s all part of the growing controversy that was heightened when investigators executed a search warrant at Jean’s home the night he was killed and found marijuana in his apartment.

Jean’s mother says police are trying to smear her son’s name.

“The information received yesterday is, to me, worse than the call that I got on the morning of Friday, Sept. 7,” Allie Jean said, as quoted by the Dallas Morning News. “To have my son smeared in such a way, I think shows that the persons who are really nasty, who are really dirty and are going to cover up for the devil, Amber Guyger.”

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Man you couldn’t pay me to live in Texas and I have family there! I have worked at a courthouse for 35 years & the thought that you couldn’t either be released on your own recognizance or bail out with either a bail bondsman or cash bail is unfathomable for a damn misdemeanor ! Why doesn’t their family blast the news organizations, twitter, facebook & everywhere else with this information. I know there is a disaster going on in the Carolina’s but this MUST stay in the forefront for Mr. Botham & his family.

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