The Dallas Police Department had to update the address of its Jack Evans Headquarters after the block was renamed to Botham Jean Boulevard.
Botham Jean’s family gathered outside the precinct on Saturday, to celebrate the unveiling of the address change, WFAA reports. The move comes two months after Dallas city councilmembers approved renaming a four-mile stretch of South Lamar Street to South Botham Jean Boulevard. The change included the headquarters and the apartment building where Jean lived.
Jean was murdered by Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer, while he sat inside his apartment eating ice cream on September 6, 2018. At the time, Guyger drove home from work and claimed she mistook Jean’s apartment to be her own. After entering Jean’s apartment unannounced, she fatally shot him just a few weeks before his September 29th birthday. Jean was just 26-years-old at the time.
On Monday afternoon, the Dallas Police Department’s website listed their new headquarter’s address as 1400 S. Lamar St. “Immediately following his death, one of the things I said is I want his name to be remembered,” said Jean’s mother, Allison Jean. “The street renaming is a good way in which many people are going to say his name, know his name and know who he was.”
But Botham Jean’s family isn’t done fighting. The family is headed to Austin where they will advocate with lawmakers for the passing of the Botham Jean Act, also known as Bo’s Law. If passed, the law will see to it that no one can ever use the defense Guyger attempted to use in the case.
HB 929 The Botham Jean Act – “Bo’s Law”Safe at Home seeks to clarify and provide transparency and protections for citizens and law enforcement alike.
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— State Rep. Carl O. Sherman (@CarlOShermanTX) March 30, 2021
“This law clarifies what everyone assumed already existed,” Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot said. “You should be in your own home when you claim this defense.”
Additionally, if passed, it will require police officers to turn on their body-worn cameras at the beginning of an investigation and leave them on until the investigation is complete. In the event an officer tries to turn off their bodycam, they would be held accountable.
Jean’s sister Alissa Finley shared the trauma her family still encounters whenever someone is killed by a police officer. “It halts our healing process,” she revealed. “Any way we can prevent this in terms of changing policy, we will do, because we want to heal. And we want the world to heal.”