Protesters Call for ‘Justice for Bo' in Downtown Dallas

A group of protesters broke off from a demonstration in front of Dallas police headquarters Monday night and marched through Downtown Dallas to call for justice in the Thursday shooting death of Botham Jean.

The group chanted Jean's name and some said they were frustrated that the off-duty police officer who fatally shot Jean, Amber Guyger, was charged with manslaughter instead of murder.

"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous," said protester Keisha Nixon. "Dallas needs to charge her with murder."

The protest started around 7 p.m. at police headquarters. The smaller group -- about 150 people -- later marched down Lamar Street, toward the apartment where Guyger confronted Jean.

Dallas police officers closed off streets and blocked traffic as protesters marched. However, the group was met with officers mounted on horseback as it neared Dallas Police Association headquarters.

When the group was on its way to DPA headquarters, one police officer fired a pepperball gun into the ground near the intersection of Cadiz Street and Lamar Street. No one appeared to be hurt when the non-lethal weapon was fired.

Demonstrators said they will continue to protest what they see as preferential treatment of a police officer.

"I'm mad, I'm sad, this is how you take hope from the people," said protester and McKinney City Councilman La'Shadion Shemwell. "This is how you show people they're powerless."

Earlier in the day Monday, NBC 5 obtained an arrest warrant affidavit that offered Guyger's account of what happened Thursday night.

"The number one answer that I want is what happened," Botham's mother, Allison Jean, said. "I have asked too many questions and I have been told there are no answers yet."

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