Holding a Bible given to her by State District Judge Tammy Kent, former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger leaves court for jail following her sentencing, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. Guyger, who said she mistook neighbor Botham Jean's apartment for her own and fatally shot him in his living room, was sentenced to a decade in prison. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

Evidence from ex-Dallas cop's murder trial fuels mistrust

October 09, 2019 - 7:03 pm

DALLAS (AP) — Evidence from a former Dallas police officer's trial for killing her neighbor has fueled new questions about whether accused officers are treated differently than other suspects.

Amber Guyger has begun her 10-year prison sentence for the murder of Botham Jean. But testimony in her recent case has prompted calls for a far-reaching federal probe and led the Dallas department to launch new internal affairs investigations into the aftermath of the September 2018 killing.

Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata says he was guarding Guyger constitutional rights when he had another officer shut off the camera in a police car where she sat after the shooting.

Guyger and her partner also deleted sexual texts, which prosecutors recovered and said she was distracted by them during the shooting.

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