Thursday, November 21, 2019

Woman Who Recorded Moments After Botham Jean Shooting Raises Money On GoFundMe

A witness who recorded the moments after a former Dallas police officer fatally shot Botham Jean, has since raised more than $30,000 through an online fundraising campaign, reports say.

Since the campaign was launched, three months ago by Ronnie Babbs, donors have given her $30,470 of $30,000 goal and the fundraising has since come to a close, it has been reported.

According to New York Daily News, Babbs filmed while then-officer Amber Guyger paced in the halls on September 6, 2018, the same night she killed  Botham Jean inside his South Side Flats apartment unit.

The publication said her bystander video doesn’t show the shooting or the moments leading up to it.

However it quoted Babbs as saying in her GoFundMe fundraiser, that she’s been threatened and has lost her job for sharing the video, which quickly went viral on social media.

She said in an interview posted on YouTube that she heard two gunshots and a man say, ‘Oh my God. Why did you do that?’

Babbs declared that what she saw contradicts Amber Guyger’s story.

Guyger had told officers that she mistook Botham Jean’s apartment for hers.

The 30 year old, who was  subsequently fired from the Dallas Police Department, said when she arrived at the apartment one floor above her own, she found the door ajar and then fired twice after the person inside ignored her verbal commands.

Commenting on the GoFundMe cash raised by the woman who recorded the aftermath of the Botham Jean shooting, Defense lawyer Chris Knox, who is not affiliated with the  case, told the Dallas Morning News that the fundraising could raise jurors’ doubts about her reliability.

“There are obviously major red flags anytime a witness uses a connection to a legal proceeding as a platform to openly solicit donations,” he was quoted as saying.

The Dallas Morning News also reported that Lee Merritt, who represents Botham Jean’s family in a lawsuit against Amber Guyger and the city of Dallas, could not be reached for comment.

Originally charged with manslaughter, Guyger was later indicted by a Dallas grand jury on a murder charge.

If convicted,  the former Dallas cop faces from five years to life behind bars.

 

 

 

 

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