Guyger trial judge accuses DA of contempt, family ask feds to investigate Dallas police

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, charged in fatal shooting of unarmed neighbor Botham Shem Jean, Photo Date: 2018 / Photo: Kaufman County Jail / (MGN)

DALLAS, Texas (AP) The judge presiding over the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who shot and killed her black neighbor has accused the Dallas County district attorney of violating her gag order in the case.

In an order setting an Oct. 31 hearing, Judge Tammy Kemp said an on-camera interview with District Attorney John Creuzot that aired Sept. 22 on a Dallas television station was a "direct violation" of her order.
The hearing is to allow Kemp to explain why he shouldn't be held in contempt of court.

In the interview, Creuzot explained why he thought Amber Guyger was correctly charged with murder in the September 2018 shooting of Botham Jean.
A Dallas County jury found Guyger guilty of murder on Tuesday and sentenced her the next day to 10 years in prison.

A spokeswoman for Creuzot didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Jean’s family is also demanding answers.

They are joining activists in asking the federal government to conduct a broad probe of city police.

The Jean family stood with activists Friday as their lawyer said Guyger's trial revealed that city police are "incompetent" to investigate their own. Attorney Lee Merritt called on police Chief U. Renee Hall to invite the U.S. Department of Justice to do a "comprehensive audit" of her department.

Guyger was off duty but still in uniform when she shot Jean. She was later fired. The 31-year-old testified that she'd confused Jean's apartment with her own on the floor below.