Twitter Slams Fox News Station For Attempted Criminalization Of Botham Shem Jean On The Day Of His Funeral
September 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm
Only a week after Botham Shem Jean was shot and killed by off-duty police officer Amber Guyer, the efforts to make him look remotely deserving of his tragic death have commenced.
On Thursday, FOX 4 News reported that a search warrant led investigators to find marijuana in Jean's apartment, the same residence Guyer claimed she believed was hers which allegedly drove her to kill him. According to Fox, the release of the document became public on the same day of his funeral, leaving his family disgusted and outraged.
“I think it’s unfortunate that law enforcement begins to immediately criminalize the victim — in this case, someone who was clearly the victim that has absolutely no bearing on the fact that he was shot in his home,” said Lee Merritt, an attorney for Jean’s family. “I would love to see more information coming out about the warrants executed on the home of the shooter who lived just below him. I haven’t seen any of those. And particularly for it to be on this day the day that we remember and celebrate him… to see the common assassination attempt on the victim that we often see in law enforcement involved shootings.”
"Assassinate the character after they assassinate his person." Lawyers for Botham Jean's family say they are disgusted by the search warrant issued after Jean's shooting by the hands of a Dallas police officer. https://t.co/ISSGgxgt34
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) September 13, 2018
Those who pay attention to the cycle are all too familiar with this rodeo. Although recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and medical marijuana is legal in 30, it's an obvious tactic to criminalize him.
“This is nothing but a disgusting attempt to assassinate the character of a wonderful young man,” Ben Crump, another attorney for the Jean family, added.
The sentiments of Jean's family and attorneys have been mirrored throughout social media since the nonsensical report.
BOTHAM. JEAN. WAS. KILLED. BEFORE. THEY. FUCKING. EVEN. EXECUTED. THE. WARRANT!
Seriosusly: fuck you, @DallasPD.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) September 13, 2018
What does that have to do with this man being shot dead in his own home?
Oh that’s right, Fox has a narrative & duty to amplify irrelevant information that is clearly motivated by Racial Animus.
Stereotype much Fox? Seriously shame on you & shame on the person who leaked this.
— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) September 14, 2018
Did they search the cops apartment? She's the one who committed murder.
— Captain Drastic (@CaptainDrastic) September 14, 2018
'Innocent man who was murdered by a police officer who unjustly broke into his home has his entire life dug up by cops trying to justify their actions' is a better headline, try that next time.
— Ryan Brown ???? (@Toadsanime) September 14, 2018
Disgusting and right on schedule https://t.co/19iO1lWt0x
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) September 13, 2018
DEVELOPING: Same stuff. Different day. https://t.co/i2U1aSk8QE
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) September 14, 2018
When black people get killed and they can’t cover it up pic.twitter.com/ZwXeILQPLu
— Mikasa Ackerman Stan Account (@DonDrewlio) September 13, 2018
This is an attack on an innocent man who was killed by a cop for simply existing in his own home. PERIOD.
Botham Jean should still be alive and Black. Lives. Matter. https://t.co/F5MFtHABzX
— ACLU (@ACLU) September 14, 2018
DEVELOPING: Mattress in Botham Jean's apartment found with tag removed, officer totally vindicated https://t.co/vDuH4H3qb0
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) September 13, 2018
Despite the attempt at assassinating Jean's character, he is remembered as a well-respected man with an esteemed reputation.
A powerful moment from the funeral for #BothamJean:
"Botham Shem Jean was not a silhouette. Botham Shem Jean was a godly man…and Botham Shem Jean belongs to Jesus Christ." – friend Dane Felicien. pic.twitter.com/0GHFQoijwj
— WFAA (@wfaa) September 13, 2018
Rest in power, Botham.
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