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Thu Sep 13, 2018, 09:08 PM

9. Unfortunately the affidavit of arrest is rather biased.

Not "Guyger claimed that the door opened with her key. She presumes it must not have been fully latched."

Instead, they suggest it *wasn't* latched, as fact rather than her statement. Hopefully they based this on some other evidence than her statement -- if these are some kind of electronic locks, perhaps the apartment complex tracked door openings.

But they don't state that's where they got that "fact of the case".

Absolutely a full investigation, even of her perhaps allegedly complaining about sex in the bedroom directly above her, is required. But if Botham had a girlfriend as well as marijuana, surely he could have issued a temporary access code like those locks allegedly allow vs leaving his door unlatched. (Along with seizing paraphernalia for personal use, and less than a half-oz of mj, they seized his electronic devices to explore this theory.)

And unfortunately, because a few bad apples and a lackadaisical response to the obviously unstable police officers when they break the law off-duty, it is crucial that off-duty police officers are NOT perceived to receive special treatment. Or to take the officers word for absolute truth.

Since the released affidavit clearly seems biased against Botham Jean and for Officer Guyger, regardless of the actual facts, suspicions and potentially outlandish theories will multiply -- because the phrasing of the affidavit is not neutral like in other affidavits issued for civilian suspects. Because they didn't arrest her immediately upon stopping OIS protocol. Because witnesses apparently were interviewed by the media before being interviewed by police.

It may not be truly fair to hold off-duty officers to a higher standard in criminal cases due to their perceived training and understanding of the law. But transparency IS fair. And it's the only way police officers as a group will regain credibility among those who distrust all because of the actions of a few.

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