DALLAS – The mother of a man with Arkansas ties who was shot and killed by a Dallas police officer Thursday night is calling for justice for her son.
“Botham would want me to get justice for him. Whoever did it to him needs to pay, a heavy price,” said Allison Jean in a Friday afternoon interview with NBCDFW. “I didn’t know she was white until now. If it was a white man would it have been different? Would she had reacted differently?”
Botham Jean died Thursday night after the officer came into his apartment after she had gotten off work, having mistaken it for her own, police said.
“I couldn’t believe it when we got that call. It just feels like a nightmare. I wish I could wake up. He impacted the lives of many. I’m getting calls from all over the world. My country St. Lucia is impacted,” she continued.
Botham was a 2016 graduate of Harding University in Searcy.
“My son loved everybody. He loved God. He lived a very excitable life in the church. He sang very well,” said his mom. “I don’t want to judge her. We are Christians. We forgive. But I need to look into her eyes, and ask her why did she do that to my son. She took away my heart. My soul. He didn’t deserve to die. The explanation does not make sense.”
Jean added: “The state needs to pay for my son. They need to pay for the loss of my son. Botham was no where in any wrong place at any wrong time. He was in his sanctuary. In the place he called home. He didn’t deserve it.”
Watch the attached web extra for the full interview with Allison Jean.