James Whalen, a defense attorney in Dallas, said the tape of Guyger's call to 911 after shooting Jean will be a critical gauge of her credibility.
Merritt, one of the Jean family attorneys, said Dallas police should have never issued the search warrant to look for drugs at Jean's apartment.
The news and the tweet, which received criticism online, had nothing to do with why Jean was killed the night of September 6.
"(Jean) was not only never convicted of a crime, he was never even accused of a crime, never arrested", Merritt told The Washington Post. He was black. The officer was white. The first defense was that Jean reportedly "ignored" Guyger's "verbal commands", which isn't unreasonable since she was in his apartment.
No warrants for her vehicle or inside her apartment have been released, but such a warrant would not be necessary if she consented to a search. I want to find out whether her apartment has been searched, whether her vehicle has been searched, and also on the Saturday when we spoke to the Texas Ranger he was saying that there was no reason in his mind that she ought to have been locked up. After it was reported that law enforcement officials found marijuana inside Jean's unit, activists are calling out the police for attempting to criminalize and cast doubt on Jean's victimhood.
The document does not indicate to whom the items belonged.
"It's not surprising but it's telling".
"They immediately began looking to smear him", he said. "There could only be one objective for that".
Merritt also demanded that Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall launch an internal investigation into who is leaking information that is assassinating Botham's character. "That is exactly their specific intent".
"The taint on the investigation from the beginning was exposed through that warrant and through that content". The Dallas Police Department could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the search warrants.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety told ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV Thursday that the case was now with the Dallas County district attorney.
- Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) September 13, 2018There is literally no scenario where a black man killed by police (even an off-duty one) can not be blamed for his own death. "Upon being asked where she was located by emergency dispatchers, Guyger returned to the front door to observe the address and discovered she was at the wrong apartment", the document states.
In the case of Eric Garner, who was fatally strangled by police in NY in 2014, police and subsequently the news media frequently emphasized that Garner was accused of illegally selling individual cigarettes prior to the fatal encounter and that he had a history of arrests, the researchers noted.