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CGID PRESS RELEASE: BROOKLYN: BROOKLYN: The New York based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) on Friday harshly condemned the killing of 26 year-old St. Lucian national and Dallas, Texas resident, Botham Shem Jean. Jean was shot and killed around 10:00 p.m Thursday night, September 6, 2018 in his own home, by a female Dallas police officer. The officer told investigators that she returned home from her shift and entered the wrong apartment in her building.

In a statement issued Friday, CGID President, Rickford Burke, said the officer’s negligent, reckless conduct and depraved indifference to human life resulted in murder. He consequently called on Dallas District Attorney Faith Johnson to prosecute the officer accordingly and to the fullest extent of the law.

Burke said “the culture of policing that has emerged in black communities all across America is one where cops shoot to kill first, then ask questions after.” He asserted that “Police officers are killing black men while walking innocently on the streets, driving innocently in our cars and now while living innocently in our own home. This is too much for a people to bear. CGID therefore calls on the US Justice Department to review and revise the protocols for armed engagement by law enforcement in America.”

Burke said “CGID intends to write our US Senators and Members of Congress from New York, to push for a national review and reform of protocols on how and when law enforcement officers engage in the use of force. This is long overdue. How many more black men must be killed before we take action?” Burke posited that “politicians who sit by and do nothing about the epidemic of law enforcement murders of innocent black men are equally complicit in these killings and should be held to account.”

Dallas police department Friday issued a statement claiming that the officer called for help and told responding officers “she entered the victim’s apartment believing that it was her own.” The incident took place at South Side Flats, an upscale apartment complex located in downtown, Dallas, a few blocks from Police headquarters.

Dallas Police said the officer was in full uniform and “fired her weapon striking the victim who was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Burke blasted the Dallas Police for not releasing details about how the officer reached into Jean’s apartment and whether a breathalyzer was administered, as would have been the case with an ordinary citizen. He also questioned how Jean’s name was released to the public when Police simultaneously confirmed  that the next of kin notification was not made.

Jean came to the US to study accounting at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. He also studied at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, in Castries, St. Lucia before migrating to the US. At the time of his death, he worked in Dallas as a risk assurance associate for accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers.

CGID Has called on all Caribbean American organizations and nationals to condemn Jean’s killing and to support and express solidarity with his family.


  1. If it was the other way around he would be condemned and crucified. And all they can do is send her on Administrative Leave. This is outrageous. Nothing can bring him back. I pray his death is not in vain and justice is served.

  2. Dallas Police Officer’s excuse can be equated to ‘the dog ate my homework”. She must have had something against the young man, therefore he was targeted.
    My heart aches for the family, reminisce on the beautiful moments and memories you shares with him.

  3. Very sad and unfortunate. I hope justice will be served, I really do not get it! Strange state of events Condolences to Alison and family. May his soul RIP.

  4. So what is the big deal if it was a poor youte in the ghetto there would not be that outpouring of love we are all a bunch of hippocrites

  5. This must be devastating for the parents. Deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your young, ambitious, law abiding son. This is madness. This female officer should be prosecuted. Once found guilty, should rot in a tiny cell. We want justice for Bonham.

  6. Winstin you are insensitive and this forum does not need your negative comments. Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you….the family and friends of this young man is mourning right now ..

  7. He was black and he was male, and she felt threatened, even though she was the one who barged into his apartment. She must be white, and will get away with it.

  8. Winston..your comment demontrates a lamentable degree of ignorance, not to mention insensitivity .Actually the so-called “ghetto yutes” are the ones responsible for the negative stereotyping of the american black male. So peter pays for paul since all black males are perceived as criminals. Smh.

    There is more to this story that has noy been told. Thid woman essentially broke into this guys home and murdered him. She made a call to her colleages at the precinct for help?? Really. These american rednecks evolved from lynching black men publicly to killing them under the disguise of law enforcement. Thats why i do not want an american green card or citizenship or to live illegally in their country. Proud to live in st.lucia..


  9. First my condolences goes out to his love ones and family. I do hope my Lucians that are desperately trying to migrate to America the SO CALL LAND OF THE FREE that is just a myth. With all the senseless killing and incarceration of black men that should be a warning to us. STAY AWAY FROM THIS AMERICA AND WATCH OUT THOSE SO CALL TOURIST THEY DONT LIKE YOU ESPECIALLY YOUR SKIN TONE.

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