NAACP Calls for Independent Investigation Into Murder of Joshua Brown

Botham Jean’s neighbor Joshua Brown recounted how he’d heard him singing gospel and Drake songs across the hall as he testified in the case of fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger, who shot and killed Botham Jean, an unarmed 26-year-old neighbor in his own apartment last year. Brown was fatally shot Friday at an apartment complex on Cedar Springs road. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/Pool)(Tom Fox / Staff Photographer)

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund called for an independent investigation of the shooting death of Joshua Brown, who was a witness in the case of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, as his slaying Friday touched off an outcry around the country.

Brown’s death came days after Guyger, a white officer who was off duty, was convicted and sentenced to 10 years for murder in the death of Botham Jean, a black man whom Guyger shot in his own apartment last year.  After Brown was fatally shot at an apartment complex on Cedar Springs Road, some raised questions about whether the shooting was tied to his testimony.

Dallas Police Chief U. Reneé Hall said on Sunday the department did not have a suspect or motive in Brown’s death. On Monday, a spokeswoman for the department declined to comment on the calls for an independent investigation.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said state or federal authorities should take over the investigation in a statement released Sunday evening.

“The circumstances surrounding the murder of Mr. Brown cries out for answers,” Ifill said in a statement. “Most importantly, it demands an independent investigation of how and why he was killed.”

The department did not immediately respond Monday to a request for comment regarding the calls for an independent investigation.

Hall said in a statement on Sunday the department would handle the investigation.

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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News, Cassandra Jaramillo