After Joshua Brown was shot dead shortly after giving testimony in the controversial and racially charged Amber Guyger case, wild speculation began circulating across social media implying that police were responsible.
However, as the facts of the case emerge, it looks more like Brown’s killing was the unfortunate case of a drug deal gone wrong.
Jacquerious Mitchell and Michael Diaz Mitchell are in custody as suspects for the murder of Brown, and a third suspect, Thaddeous Green, remains on the loose. Police believe that the tragedy began when Brown and Green had an argument during a drug deal.
Brown allegedly shot and wounded Mitchell, who remains hospitalized as a result. Green then allegedly shot Brown two times, which ultimately resulted in his death, and took a backpack from him along with the firearm, according to law enforcement.
After obtaining a search warrant, police found 12 pounds of marijuana, 143 grams of THC cartridges, and $4,000 in Brown’s apartment. It appears that Brown was a major drug dealer, and his life of crime was likely what led to the 28-year-old former college football player’s untimely demise.
“As you know, there’s been speculation and rumors that have been shared by community leaders claiming that Mr. Brown’s death was related to the Amber Guyger trial, and somehow the Dallas Police Department was responsible,” Dallas Assistant Chief of Police Avery Moore said.
“I assure you that is simply not true. And I encourage those leaders to be mindful of their actions moving forward because their words have jeopardized the integrity of the city of Dallas as well as the Dallas Police Department,” Moore added.
Documents show that Brown had a long history of criminal behavior including possession of illegal drugs, theft, use of illegal firearms, and evading arrest.
Brown was shot last year at a North Dallas strip club. A man accompanying him was killed by the gun fire, and police believed that Brown was the primary target.
Attorney Lee Merritt, who represents Brown’s family, notes that he was scared to testify in the Guyger case because it put him in the spotlight, not because he feared reprisal from law enforcement.
“He led people to believe that he had left Dallas and testifying in the trial lets them know, ‘Yes I am here,’ and it exposed him to danger. He feared for his life in this case, not because of Amber Guyger, but because someone shot him less than a year ago,” the attorney said.
Merritt admits that the evidence indicates that Brown was likely killed during a drug deal, but notes that the Guyger case has eroded faith in Dallas law enforcement and conspiracy theories will likely persist as a result.
“The evidence will always be undermined by the DPD implication in that case,” said Merritt.
Guyger, the Dallas police officer who was sentenced to 10 years after killing 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment, is expected to appeal her murder conviction.
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