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Neighbor of Man Killed by ‘Racist’ Cop Is Gunned Down in Drive-By Shooting

Joshua Brown was gunned down in a drive-by shooting Friday, days after he testified in the murder trial of his next-door neighbor, Botham Jean, who was killed by a police officer. 

Brown, 28, was himself shot and killed Friday evening at an apartment complex near Dallas’ Medical District, authorities said. Witnesses flagged down police, who found Brown on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The shots were fired from a silver four-door sedan as it sped out of the parking lot, witnesses said. A preliminary investigation found that Brown was struck in the back and thigh, an anonymous government official told The Dallas Morning News.

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S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the Jean family, shared the news in a series of social media posts, saying: “We need answers.”

Joshua Brown and the Botham Jean trial

Along with two other neighbors, Brown had on Tuesday provided key testimony in the trial of Amber Guyger, a 31-year-old off-duty Dallas police officer, for shooting Jean to death is his apartment on Sept. 6, 2018.

The case triggered outrage in Dallas and beyond largely because Guyger was a white cop and Jean was black. Many journalists, activists and Jean supporters saw the shooting as further proof of systemic racism against blacks.

Guyger said she mistakenly shot Jean after returning home late from a 13-hour shift and mistaking his apartment for her own. According to the police arrest warrant affidavit, Guyger recounted entering Jean’s apartment through the partially ajar front door and drawing her gun when she saw “a large silhouette.” She said Jean ignored her verbal commands and she shot him twice.

Brown testified that he had been coming home that night when he heard what he thought sounded like “two people meeting by surprise” in Jean’s apartment. Like the two other neighbor, Brown said he had not heard loud commands, like “Hey, put your hands up!” or “Show me your hands!” Then, he recalled the sound of two gunshots.

Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus, the lead prosecutor in the Guyger case, said Saturday that Brown had shown courage during his emotional appearance at the trial.

“He bravely came forward to testify when others wouldn’t, ” Hermus said. “If we had more people like him, we would have a better world.”

Hours after Brown’s testimony, Guyger was convicted of Jean’s murder. On Wednesday, a jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison.

During sentencing, Jean’s 18-year-old brother, Brandt Jean, offered Guyger forgiveness, and, with the judge’s permission, embraced her in an emotional interaction that was caught on video and quickly went viral.

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However, some commentators were unimpressed with the moment, taking particular issue with Judge Tammy Kemp, a black woman, also hugging Guyger and giving her a Bible.

Others protested what they deemed Guyger’s light sentence.

“That 10 years in prison is 10 years for her reflection and for her to change her life, but there is much more to be done by the city of Dallas,” Jean’s mother, Allison, said. “The corruption that we saw during this process must stop and it must stop for you. After now, I leave Dallas but you live in Dallas, and it must stop for everyone.”

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