Botham Jean’s Family Can Now Sue City Of Dallas

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The family of the late Botham Jean can now file an amended civil rights lawsuit against the City of Dallas, multiple US media reports say.

Botham was fatally shot by an of duty police officer.

According to reports, District Court Judge Barbara Lynn reversed a previous decision to dismiss a civil lawsuit against the city.

The Judge  said in her ruling that the family of Botham Jean could move forward with a civil rights lawsuit against the City once they file an amended suit.

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Jean family Attorney Lee Merritt was quoted by WFAA as saying that the decision was ‘important’.

According to Merritt, it will allow the family another opportunity to hold the City of Dallas accountable for its failures in training officers on appropriate use of force.

“We wish they can compensate us by bringing back Botham Jean, but they cannot,” he said.

Judge Lynn had initially ruled on December, 26, 2019, to dismiss the case against the city.

But Jean family attorneys amended the complaint in January of 2020 and re-filed the claim.

Saint Lucian Botham Jean was killed in his  own apartment by former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

Guyger, then off duty,  claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment for hers and believed he was an intruder when she shot him in September 2018.

She was sentenced to ten years in jail.

Headline photo courtesy WFAA

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