Listen, I get it. We’ve got a lot of stuff coming at us. The Kavanaugh hearings. I-can’t-decide-what-kind-of-storm-to-be Florence. Trump rejecting third party findings that 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. The fact that the administration is seven weeks late in meeting its deadline to reunite families they separated at the border. It’s exhausting.
But we need to talk about Dallas again.
I did the first rundown of Botham Jean’s shooting in last Wednesday’s One Liner post. You really ought to check it out but if you’re click-averse or short on time, here it is in a nutshell.
White off duty police officer shot unarmed black neighbor inside his apartment.
Yep, that’s pretty much the gist of it. Minus the ridiculous amount of wiggle room provided the officer when it came to changing her statement. I particularly enjoyed the district attorney’s decision to release the search results on the day of Botham Jean’s funeral. [yes, that was sarcasm font]
Oh, you thought I meant the results from searching the shooter’s apartment? No, the police executed a search warrant on the victim’s apartment, and I guess they thought the fact that they found some weed was critical to the case. So what were the results from the warrant ordering a search of Amber Guyger’s home, I wondered. You know, since she was the perpetrator.
There was none. Apparently they didn’t feel the need to search the shooter’s residence.
Just in case you can sidestep the madness thus far…
On Sunday evening about 100 people staged a demonstration outside the A&T stadium in Arlington, Texas to protest two police shootings earlier this month in the Dallas area. Nine protesters broke off from the group to engage in an act of civil disobedience by obstructing traffic. They were arrested at about 7:30pm Sunday night.
According to their lawyer, police could have opted to charge the protestors with a lesser Class C Misdemeanor, which would have allowed them to be cited and released. Instead the police charged them with a Class B highway obstruction charge and detained them in the Arlington jail. Time to set their bond, right?
Except Arlington police can’t set bond for Class B misdemeanor charges or higher, so nine peaceful protestors spent the night in jail and weren’t picked up for transfer to the Tarrant County Jail until 1:00pm Monday. By 4:00pm only two of the nine appeared in Tarrant County Jail logs. I spoke with Michelle in their jail administration department, and she helpfully advised that it can take three hours to be booked into their system.
Guess they didn’t make it.
It’s almost 24 hours later and the #Dallas9 are still in jail.
Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger was arrested and released in less than an hour after killing Botham Jean.
Would anyone like to see some pics?
Note: As of 7:00pm on 9/17/18 we learned the #Dallas9 are being held for the second night in jail. They had all day to arraign and set bond for nine peaceful protestors. Instead these men and women are spending, at a minimum, 37.5 hours in jail. That’s 2,250 minutes for people who stood in a street versus 60 minutes for the woman who shot and killed an unarmed man in his own home.
Note: On Tuesday 9/18/18 the #Dallas9 were released on $100 bail after nearly 48 hours in jail. Two nights in jail, away from family and jobs, for impeding traffic. Again, the Dallas police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean was arrested and released in one hour.