Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the death of Botham Shem Jean by an off-duty Police Officer

Sep 24, 2018
Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT HEADER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Robin K. Chand 

September 16, 2018                                                  202-225-3816

 

Press Statement

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson LeeStatement on the death of Botham Shem Jean by an off-duty Police Officer

  

Jackson Lee—“This shooting incident merits a fulsome investigation, which must be thorough in all respects.  The grief stricken family of Mr. Jean requires answers, as does the community writ large and an appalled nation.”

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations released the following statement on the shooting death of Botham Shem Jean by an off-duty member of the Dallas Police Department: 

 

I am shocked and saddened by the shooting death of Botham Shem Jean, an innocent individual minding his own business in his own apartment, by an off-duty member of the Dallas Police Department.   This shooting incidentmerits a fulsome investigation, which must be thorough in all respects.  The grief stricken family of Mr. Jean requires answers, as does the community writ large and an appalled nation.  Any explanation of Mr. Jean’s death will be difficult to comprehend.  I call on the United States Department of Justice to open an investigation to determine whether Mr. Jean’s civil rights were violated as a result of this barbaric and senseless act.  It is critical that we receive answers and resolution in this matter because the guarantee of the pursuit of justice for those who survive Mr. Jean is at issue, and all must live with the faith and expectation that our nation’s system of justice works for all.  Finally, all involved must be careful not to demonize the victim in this matter, as some are want to do in matters similar to this.  Justice requires an impartial, objective approach to determining exactly what happened here.  As we monitor this situation from Washington, D.C., it is important to pursue hearings on best practices for law enforcement across this nation, so that situations like what occurred in Dallas to Mr. Jean are not replicated again.

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security and is a Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.