Dallas cops want the murder trial of their former colleague, Amber Guyger, delayed, local media reports say.
The trial is scheduled to begin on September 23.
Guyger shot an killed the unarmed Botham Jean in his own apartment in September last year.
She claimed she mistook his apartment for hers and thought he was an intruder.
CBSDFW quotes the head if the Dallas Police Association, Sergeant Michael Mata, as saying that the murder trial should be delayed 60 to 90 days based on safety concerns.
“I do believe that the smart thing would have been to just delay this trial,” he stated.
Mata declared that the trial will be held during a period of time when one million people will be visiting the City for its fair.
But an attorney for the Botham Jean family asserted that it appeared as though the Dallas Police Association was fanning the flames of fear.
Le Merritt told CBSDWD he does not think there is any indication that there will be unrest or any hint of violence in the neighbourhood that would justify ‘such an extreme move’.
Merritt noted that the family of Botham Jean has been waiting for over a year to have their day in court
Officers have been denied time off and are undergoing crowd control training in preparation for the outcome of the trial which has generated a year of protests, threats and stirred up emotions on both sides, it was reported.
Twelve jurors and four alternates were recently selected for the trial.