Protests continue demanding justice for Botham Jean

Police tape seals off a house in Chester after a healthcare professional working at the Countess of Chester Hospital was arrested on suspicion of murdering eight babies and attempting to kill six others

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What crime Guyger is indicted for will be up to a Dallas County grand jury, Merritt said.

Merritt referenced "two suspicious shootings" in Guyger's tenure as an officer.

Friends and family on Thursday remembered a man gunned down by a Dallas police officer as a deeply religious 26-year-old accountant who loved to sing and had confided to his uncle that he might one day want to be prime minister of his native Caribbean island country of St. Lucia.

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2 fired cartridge casings; 1 laptop computer; 1 black backpack with police equipment and paperwork; 1 insulated lunch box; 1 black ballistic vest with "police" markings; 10.4 grams of marijuana in ziplock bags (less than an ounce); 1 metal marijuana grinder; 2 RFID keys; 2 used packages of medical aid. Merritt said that showed investigators were immediately looking for drug paraphernalia.

Merritt said there will be more evidence that will come to light as this investigation continues.

The response to the news of Dallas police criminalizing Jean was scathing.

After reading the affidavit, association staff attorney Shannon Edmonds said the documents indicate police knew what was in the apartment before they asked the judge to search the residence.

Some experts who aren't connected to the case say Guyger should have recognized what was really going on and stopped short of using deadly force. But, he said, he believes it's possible that Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson will pursue a murder charge against Guyger. Merritt had complained about the issuance of past warrants and the release of the information that was collected. "It's just good police work". He said a search warrant can help avoid a situation where there's a question of whether investigators had authority to search a residence.

The police then got a warrant to search the victim's apartment and found marijuana inside, trying desperately to somehow rationalize what happened.

It's not clear whose weed it was, but a civil rights attorney representing Jean's family says the department's motives to search for "narcotics" were all too clear.

App and mobile users, please tap here if you can not see the image below. The other witness says that after hearing the gunshots, they heard a man saying, "Oh my God, why did you do that?" "It's in plain view. Botham Jean and his family need and deserve justice, not a pathetic attempt at a smear campaign".

But they didn't comment on the change of story, or issue a statement on the Tweet, which still exists. After about 15 minutes, police officers showed up and the protesters line up on the interstate and raised their hands.

However, the timing could have been coincidental.

David Menschel, an Oregon-based criminal defense attorney and activist, called the release of the search warrant "propaganda". WFAA obtained its copy of the return from the court.

Many have complained about the police giving Guyger special treatment.

Authorities have not said whether Guyger's apartment or auto were searched.

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