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Dallas dismissed from lawsuit over police shooting

Dallas dismissed from lawsuit over police shootingA federal judge has ruled the city of Dallas is not liable for an off-duty police officer fatally shooting a man in his own apartment last year. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn dismissed the city from civil lawsuit that the family of Botham Jean brought after the 26-year-old was killed by Amber Guyger. The ruling leaves the 31-year-old former officer as the sole defendant in the suit, which argues she used excessive force and that better police training could have prevented Jean’s death.



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Dallas orders curfew after tornado shreds homes; thousands without power

Dallas orders curfew after tornado shreds homes; thousands without powerThree people were reported hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the Sunday storm ripped through north Dallas with maximum wind speeds of 140 mph (225 kph), according to the National Weather Service. Emergency management workers went door to door in areas such as Preston Hollow and Richardson, checking homes without roofs or crushed by fallen trees, tagging structures with orange spray paint. “#DallasTornado you took my job! my school!” one Twitter user, Monica Badillo, posted, along with images of shattered windows and debris at Primrose School in Preston Hollow, where she said she worked.



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Dallas ex-cop's conviction: Was justice served?

Dallas ex-cop's conviction: Was justice served?Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of her neighbor Botham Jean. Guyger said she had accidently entered Jean's apartment thinking it was her own and shot him because she believed he was an intruder.



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Former Dallas cop sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting her unarmed black neighbor to death in his own apartment

Former Dallas cop sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting her unarmed black neighbor to death in his own apartmentAmber Guyger, 31, had faced the possibility of 99 years in prison, though the judge told the jury they could sentence her to as few as two years.



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Jury Finds Former Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Guilty of Murder in Mistaken-Apartment Killing

Jury Finds Former Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Guilty of Murder in Mistaken-Apartment KillingFormer Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder on Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News first reported.> BREAKING: Amber Guyger is found guilty of murder in the death of Botham Jean t.co/AeS16Wz396> > — Cassandra Jaramillo (@cassandrajar) October 1, 2019The victim, Botham Jean, was killed in his own apartment by Guyger on Sept. 6, 2018. Jean’s family responded with “cheers and tears,” per reporter Cassandra Jaramillo.Update 4:00 p.m.: While the facts of the case were largely uncontested, the verdict came down to a disputed interpretation of the so-called "Castle Doctrine," which allows for the use of deadly force when one is threatened in one's own home.Late in the evening on Sept. 6, an off-duty Guyger, who was returning home after a long shift, mistakenly entered Jean’s fourth-floor apartment, which was directly above her own. Finding the door unlocked, she shot the 26-year-old accountant, who was eating a bowl of ice cream, because she assumed he was an intruder.Guyger was initially arrested on a manslaughter charge, which after review from the district attorney’s office, was upgraded to a murder charge. She first spoke publicly on the incident when she took the stand as the first witness for defense last Friday.“I was scared whoever was inside of my apartment was going to kill me, and I'm sorry,” Guyger said as she cried, her voice shaking. “I have to live with that every single day.” Her defense centered around her making a tragic but honest mistake, and Judge Tammy Kemp allowed the jurors to potentially apply the “Castle Ground.”The lead investigator on the case, Texas Ranger David Armstrong, testified that in interviewing 297 of the 349 residents at the South Side Flats apartment complex where Guyger and Jean lived, 46 had accidentally ended up on the wrong floor and put their key in the door. Of those 46, 38 were from the third and fourth floors.Prosecutors argued that Guyger acted rashly in her use of deadly force by not calling for backup, and that she missed several signs she was on the wrong floor because she was distracted by sexually explicit messages from a fellow police officer with whom she was having an extramarital affair.After the verdict was announced, attorneys for the Jean family held an impromptu press conference to praise the decision. Attorney Ben Crump said 26-year-old Jean was a “near perfect” person, and that “it shouldn’t take all of [Jean’s credentials] for unarmed black and brown people in America to get justice.”“This verdict is for Trayvon Martin,” he said, “it’s for Michael Brown, it’s for Sandra Bland, it’s for Tamir Rice, it’s for Eric Garner, it’s for Antwon Rose, it’s for Jemel Roberson, for EJ Bradford, for Stephon Clark, for Jeffrey Dennis, Genevieve Dawes, for Pamela Turner.”Jean’s mother rejoiced as cheers broke out outside the courtroom when the verdict was announced soon after 10:30 a.m. “God is good. Trust him,” she said.Guyger remained standing until the jury left after announcing the decision. Then, she fell into her chair.The sentencing phase of the trial began Tuesday afternoon.



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FACTBOX-In Dallas, rare conviction for police officer who shot unarmed black man

FACTBOX-In Dallas, rare conviction for police officer who shot unarmed black manA Dallas jury on Tuesday took the rare step of convicting a police officer of murder for shooting dead Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black PwC accountant, after she accidentally walked into his apartment thinking it was her own. The case of Amber Guyger, who lost her job on the police force as a result, sparked street protests after prosecutors initially opted to charge the white woman with the lesser crime of manslaughter. The death was one of a series of killings that stirred the U.S. debate over police use of force against black Americans.



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A 72-year-old Dallas man fatally shot a burglar, then went back to sleep, police say

A 72-year-old Dallas man fatally shot a burglar, then went back to sleep, police sayA 72-year-old Dallas man fatally shot a suspected burglar outside his home, authorities said, and went back to sleep before calling police.



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Former Dallas detective famously photographed escorting Lee Harvey Oswald dies at 99

Former Dallas detective famously photographed escorting Lee Harvey Oswald dies at 99Jim Leavelle, the Dallas police detective who handcuffed himself to Lee Harvey Oswald in a vain attempt to protect him two days after Oswald had assassinated President John Kennedy, died on Thursday at age 99, his daughter said. Leavelle, who lived in the Dallas area, died in Colorado during a vacation, Karla Leavelle said by phone. Leavelle became a part of history with Oswald and Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby as they were all captured in a dramatic photograph snapped as Ruby fatally shot Oswald on Nov. 24, 1963.



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Airline pilot flies dad's remains home from Vietnam 52 years after seeing him off at same Dallas airport

Airline pilot flies dad's remains home from Vietnam 52 years after seeing him off at same Dallas airportWhen Air Force Maj. Roy Knight, Jr., left Dallas for Vietnam 52 years ago, his 5-year-old son, Bryan, came to Dallas Love field to see him off. On Thursday, Bryan, now a captain for Southwest Airlines,  brought back his father's remains aboard a flight to the same Dallas airport.



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Holiday air travel woes: Cancellations, delays continue in Dallas

Holiday air travel woes: Cancellations, delays continue in DallasMore than 100 flights have been canceled to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.



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