Woman reportedly fired 'for being a black extremist' after filming aftermath of neighbor's murder
The woman, who filmed and shared the aftermath of Dallas cop Amber Guyger fatally shooting her neighbor, Botham Jean, said she has been receiving death threats and has been fired from her job as a result.
In an exclusive interview with Advise Media Network, the woman identified merely as Bunny, talked about the infamous September 6, 2018 shooting of Jean, 26, by Guyger, 30.
26-year-old Botham Jean was killed in his apartment by Dallas officer Amber Guyger. Now, the case is heading to a grand jury. pic.twitter.com/1lEciyg6Zw— HuffPost (@HuffPost) September 12, 2018
The clip shows Guyger, who is white, pacing the balcony and frantically making a call after she had shot Jean, a black St. Lucia native, in his apartment.
Bunny said in the interview that she’d heard two gunshots and a man saying “oh my God! Why did you do that?” before she rushed outside to begin filming.
Bunny was filming from a lower floor through the staircase railings and noted that her video started "60 seconds after the actual shooting took place.”
The family has been waiting for three long months for this decision. It seems like this murder charge is a victory only because expectations are so abysmally low. He was shot in his home. Theoretically, there is supposed to be no safer place to retreat. Rest in Power #BothamJean https://t.co/yYhIhbTIsX— Matiangai Sirleaf (@matiangai) December 1, 2018
The eyewitness said Guyger’s call sounded like a personal call rather than a 911. She also said it seemed the cop did not try to help Jean after shooting him.
“It was just a lot of crying, a lot of hysterics. She was just pacing back-and-forth for at least seven minutes, according to my video.”
Guyger claimed she had just gotten off duty at work when she entered Jean’s apartment and mistook it for her own. She was still wearing her uniform, but her body cam was back at work.
Guyger claimed that Jean’s door was unlocked and ajar and that when she saw a dark silhouette inside, she assumed it was a burglar. She said she fired after the person refused to obey her commands.
Officer Amber Guyger's claim that Botham Jean's door was ajar when she tried to enter the apartment is being proven false by residents in the building. A resident uploaded a video showing how the door closes after it's opened... (🎥: @RealDLHughley ) pic.twitter.com/Snn9faZwN4— Atlanta Black Star (@ATLBlackStar) September 12, 2018
Bunny, however, said there was no way Guyger could have mistaken Jean’s fourth-floor apartment for her own third floor.
“The elevator; the garage; the hallways; everything is marked with what floor you’re on and if she had come from the garage, she would have had to walk down two pretty long hallways to get to his door so she would have passed plenty of indication to let her know she was on the fourth floor.”
Bunny also didn’t think Jean’s door could have been left ajar as Guyger claimed because the complex has fire doors which swing shut automatically.
Amber Guyger, the woman indicted for killing #BothamJean, appeared in court with her lawyers and sources say her and her lawyers were "tight-lipped." https://t.co/iugOZY54jK pic.twitter.com/O4E7xoM6pA— The Root (@TheRoot) January 29, 2019
Hearing reports of the shooting that didn’t match what she witnessed are what made Bunny post her video and share it with prosecutors.
Since then, however, she said she'd received intense backlash online, including death threats. “I did get a few threats from people saying they weren't gonna leave any witnesses behind, telling me I need to watch my back, things like that,” Bunny said.
The trolls also started contacting the pharmaceutical company where she worked, branding her a “radical,” “anti-police” and “a black extremist.”
The harassment, according to Bunny, led to her being fired. She also claimed the company “blacklisted” her by revoking her credentials.
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