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Tragic shooting of Botham Shen Jean dominates Dallas city news

Tragic shooting of Botham Shen Jean dominates Dallas city news

Botham Shen Jean
Botham Shen Jean Photo courtesy of Facebook/Botham Shen Jean

Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings walked out of a Dallas City Council meeting. The City Council blew $300,000 on a winter game at the Cotton Bowl. And Dallas Love Field has finally added a key service.

Here’s what went down in Dallas city news this week.

Rawlings walks
The Dallas City Council meeting on December 12 was interrupted by a large number of citizens protesting the death of Botham Jean, the Dallas man who was shot dead in his apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

They were there to urge the city council to crack down on police brutality while improving relations between the department and the public. But as chants of "No justice, no peace" broke out, Rawlings called an abrupt recess to the meeting and left.

Mayor Pro Tem Casey Thomas explained that Rawlings left for a private meeting. The council reconvened and voted to allow an open mic session at the end of the meeting.

Guyger was arrested on September 9 on a manslaughter warrant in the shooting of Botham Shem Jean. She was booked into the Kaufman County Jail, where she posted a bond of $300,000 and was released. Since her release, conflicting accounts about what happened have emerged, with one version stating that Jean was at the door when Guyger entered, and another stating that he was across the room.

Memorials, protests
About 200 protestors rallying against the shooting gathered at the Dallas Police Department on September 10, and police used pepper spray to contain the crowd.

A funeral service held at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ on September 13, attended by Jean's parents and siblings, drew more than 1,500 people.

First Responders Bowl
The Dallas City Council approved a $300,000 investment in the football bowl game once known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl — now the Servpro First Responders Bowl — despite the fact that the game has never drawn more than 50,000 fans.

The game is held in Fair Park's Cotton Bowl during Christmas week, and matches two college teams against each other, primarily for a TV audience and with only a meager crowd of attendees.

The measure passed by 8 to 6. The taxpayer-subsidized event will be funded from the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual budget.

Members who voted to spend the money were Mayor Rawlings, Adam McGough, Casey Thomas, Jennifer Gates, Mark Clayton, Rick Callahan, Sandy Greyson, and Tennell Atkins.

Voting against the expenditure were Adam Medrano, Lee Kleinman, Kevin Felder, Philip Kingston, Scott Griggs, and Omar Narvaez.

Love Field wifi
At long last, free wifi is coming to Dallas Love Field airport. Approved by the Dallas City Council at an Aug. 22 meeting, the service made its debut on September 7.

The airport previously offered 30 minutes of free wifi; this represents an extension. Free wifi is considered a standard amenity at most airports.

Travelers can choose between free, fixed-speed wifi or pay for access to a network with faster speeds.