- On Friday at 10:30 p.m. Joshua Brown was fatally shot at an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Rd.
- Brown lived down the hall from Botham Shem jean the night he was murdered by former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger and was a key witness in the trial
- Social media users are showing a heavy speculation the shooting is retaliation for testifying against Guyger
- The woman that video recorded the aftermath of the Jean shooting said she was fired from her job and received death threats earlier this year
Social media users began speculating over the murder of 28-year-old Joshua Brown, a key witness against former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger for the murder of 28-year-old Botham Shem Jean. Many believe Brown’s murder was done out of retaliation for testifying in the trial that caught international attention.
Joshua Brown Was Killed Friday Night
Brown was killed at an apartment complex near Dallas’ Medical District authorities said. A government official told Dallas News under the condition of anonymity that Brown was shot in the back and the thigh. The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs Rd.
Several witnesses flagged down police and directed them to Brown’s location. Police reportedly found Brown on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Brown was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.
Witnesses told police they heard several gunshots and saw a silver four-door sedan speed out of the parking lot immediately after. As of now, no suspect description has been released. Brown’s sister and mother have confirmed he was killed in Friday’s shooting.
Joshua Brown Testified When Others Would Not
Brown lived across the hall from Jean the night Guyger fatally shot him following her shift for the Dallas Police Department. Dallas County prosecutor Jason Hermus, the lead prosecutor in the Jean murder case, said Brown came forward to “testify when others wouldn’t.” Brown recording a Facebook LIVE video on Friday just hours before the shooting.
He bravely came forward to testify when others wouldn’t. if we had more people like him, we would have a better world.Dallas County Prosecutor Jason Hermus Via Dallas News
Speculation Over Joshua Brown’s Murder
The relationship between the community and the DPD has been strained for a very long time. From the point of the shooting up to her 10-year sentence, many felt Guyger received special treatment due to her status as a police officer. It should come with no surprise that people are automatically assuming the worst when it comes to Brown’s questionable death.
The DPD has yet to make a statement on the shooting, which has really put them in a lose-lose situation. The silence engulfing the murder is just adding to speculation but, at the same time, if they make inaccurate statements regarding the shooting things are sure to get worse.
A post from Dominique Alexander shows exactly how much distrust there is for the DPD. Alexander made a post to an article about the shooting early Saturday afternoon. The caption read, “I been notified that Joshua Brown who testified on the stand in the Amber Guyger trial was shot & killed last night, not sure what happen but I will keep you updated on new developments.”
Alexander’s post has been shared over 3,000 times. There are over 1,300 comments with many speculating Brown’s death was an act of retaliation for testifying against Guyger. “My dollar is on the police for this one too… I think they had something to do with it… Sounds fishy to me… He just testified and days later is gunned down… Hmmmmmm,” one user commented.
Another Facebook user wrote, “I am sure it was a racist rouge under trained police officer of the Dallas Police Department. Don’t y’all know, they are in the business of gunning down young men of color. 🤦♂️.” Currently there is a quickly growing amount of social media users that believe Brown’s murder is connected to Guyger or the DPD.
“Bunny” Lost Her Job For Filming After The Jean Shooting
Adding to the speculation is the woman who recorded the aftermath of the Jean shooting. The woman identified only as “Bunny” spoke to African Diaspora News Channel in January. Bunny began videoing the scene roughly 60 seconds after Guyger had shot Jean.
Bunny said in the interview it felt like they initially wanted her to speak in defense of Guyger. She claims she was contacted daily and asked the same questions over and over, at which point Bunny began feeling as if she was being treated like a criminal and ended communication.
According to Bunny, people began contacting the pharmaceutical company she worked for claiming she was a radical, anti-police, black extremist. Bunny claims the company did not want the publicity and fired her and revoked the credentials for her position. As of earlier this year, Bunny was still trying to get her credentials returned.
In the interview, Bunny said she has felt a bit intimidated. She has been the victim of online bullying and threats. Bunny claimed she was told no witnesses would be left behind, along with other threats from both “troll accounts” and accounts that appeared to belong to real people.
Bunny also lost her social media accounts after uploading the video from the Guyger shooting. Not only did Bunny lose her personal accounts, but she also lost her business accounts, which were related to a clothing line that did not have any vulgar or inappropriate content. Bunny was told her pages went against community standards.
Towards the end of the interview, Bunny said she felt it was wrong seeing Guyger receive so much support from the community for murdering Jean while she faced retaliation and ridicule for trying to help put a murderer in jail. She waited as long as she could to speak out about the treatment she had been receiving.
A Go Fund Me for Bunny has raised over $47,000 for her since February 14, 2019. In the description she thanks the community for giving her support throughout this situation.
I try to reply to as many people as possible, but just know I appreciate each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart!! Thank you, not just for me but showing them WE GOT US! My community has come together to support me and so many others and it scares “them”.. Knowing my community has my back is the confidence I needed. I’m truly thankful beyond words and I cant wait to be able to pay it forward to my community.Bunny Via Go Fund Me