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Calling for re-investigating old police shooting involving Amber Guyger’s former patrol partner Martin Rivera



Mothers Against Police Brutality demands that the 12-year-old case involving Martin Rivera be reopened and the officer fired.

Dallas police Officer Martin Rivera took the stand this week in the Amber Guyger trial, where prosecutors revealed that he and Guyger, his former patrol partner, had an on-again, off-again sexual relationship.

Rivera also has something else in common with Guyger: The 17-year DPD veteran also shot and killed an unarmed man.

On March 22, 2007, Rivera shot 20-year-old Brandon Washington outside a convenience store, where the man was eating a stolen candy bar.

On Wednesday, Brandon’s mother, Antoinette Washington will join a midday news conference in downtown Dallas by Mothers Against Police Brutality to demand that the 12-year-old case be re-investigated and that Rivera be fired.

The Dallas Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Reached by phone on Wednesday, Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata declined to comment, saying he could be called to testify.

Dallas police Officer Martin Rivera, the former patrol partner of Amber Guyger, reacts as Assistant District Attorney Jason Hermus shows him his texts and Snapchat records as Rivera testifies on the witness stand. Guyger is facing a murder charge in the killing of Botham Jean, an unarmed 26-year-old neighbor, in his apartment last year. She told police that she thought his apartment was hers and that he was an intruder.(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)

The night he was killed, Washington was suspected of shoplifting a candy bar by a clerk at a convenience store on Lake June Road in Pleasant Grove, according to news reports.

When Washington was slow to take his hands out of his pockets, Rivera shot Washington once in the head and leg, police records say. He died later.

No weapon was recovered from Washington and police said they believed he might have been reaching for a cellphone, according to news reports at the time.

Funeral services were held for Brandon Washington at Saint Stephens Community Church in DeSoto. Washington was shot and killed by Dallas police in an incident in March 2007. His aunt, Cynthia Washington (right) was comforted before the service by Katrina Jo Randolph as she viewed Brandon’s body.(MONA REEDER / 116916)

A grand jury looked at the case, and Rivera was not charged with a crime.

In a news release, Collette Flanagan, who founded MAPB after Dallas police killed her own unarmed son, Clinton Allen, said police officials reported that Rivera thought Washington had a gun. “But he was just using the cop’s get-out-of-jail-free card,” Flanagan said. “And it worked.”

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Brandt Jean Honored With Ethical Courage Award for Forgiving Brother’s Killer



Brandt Jean accepted an award for forgiving Amber Guyger of murdering his brother Botham Jean. The award received is called the Ethical Courage Award from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration.

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I am extremely proud of my baby brother, Brandt, for accepting this award of ethical courage from the Center for Law Enforcement Ethics. This award presented an opportunity to implore this institution and others to encourage diverse leadership that can model inclusion and restraint. To quote Brandt, “I ask that you remember my brother (Botham), my example of ethical leadership, a young black male that was perceived as a threat by one of your own. And when you remember him, I want you to ask yourself, what are you doing to ensure there will be no other families like mine – no other little brothers that have to model ethical leadership in forgiveness of a cop whose lack of training and discipline caused them to carelessly take the life of another”. #BeLikeBo #Iammybrotherskeeper #itsonus #BothamJean #Bothamshemjean #letitrise

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According to NBCDFW During his acceptance speech Tuesday, Jean that he never meant for his words to Guyger to be heard worldwide, but that he thought after the verdict and sentencing she needed to be forgiven and that, similarly, he needed to offer that forgiveness.

“I never intended for the statement that I made to the person who murdered my brother to receive such international recognition,” Jean said. “After being found guilty by a jury of her peers, sentenced under the law, Miss Guyger needed to be forgiven and I needed to be free from the burden of unforgiveness.” Read More Here

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Brandt Jean, Brother Of Botham, To Receive Award For Actions During Amber Guyger Murder Trial



According to DFWCBS On Tuesday, the brother of Botham Jean will receive an award for his actions during the Amber Guyger murder trial.

During the sentencing phase of the trial in Dallas, 18-year-old Brandt Jean told Guyger he forgave her for killing his brother, then asked the judge’s permission to step down from the stand and hug her.

Amber Guyger is the former Dallas police officer convicted of murdering Botham Jean. A jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

Brandt’s actions brought the courtroom to tears. Many called his gesture an act of humanity that helped the greater community’s healing process in a highly publicized case. Read More Here

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2 Young Men, 1 Juvenile Girl Arrested For Capital Murder At Duncanville Apartment



According to DFWCBS On Wednesday, November 25, Duncanville Police Department detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Cornelius Lydell Broadway, 17, of DeSoto.

At the time the capital murder warrant was obtained, Broadway was being held in the Dallas County Jail on other charges.

He remains in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office custody with the additional charge of capital murder and bond set at $500,000 for the murder of Smoker.

On Friday, November 27, Duncanville detectives arrested Jeromey Lemar Young Jr., 17, of Dallas who was also charged with capital murder with bond set at $500,000. Read More Here

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