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40 hours after arrests, 9 protesters of Botham Jean shooting released from jail

Six of the nine protesters released from the Dallas County Jail today were photographed moments after getting out of jail with Lesa Pamplin, (right) one of the attorneys who engineered their release on Tuesday.
Six of the nine protesters released from the Dallas County Jail today were photographed moments after getting out of jail with Lesa Pamplin, (right) one of the attorneys who engineered their release on Tuesday. Lesa Pamplin

The nine people arrested Sunday during a protest outside AT&T stadium were released Tuesday afternoon on bond.

On Sunday night, a procession marched down Randol Mill Road to one of the entrances for the Dallas Cowboys game. Among the protesters was the family of Botham Jean, a man shot and killed in his apartment Sept. 6 by off-duty, uniformed Dallas police officer Amber Guyger.

Guyger said she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own.

During the protest, nine people were arrested for blocking traffic at the intersection of Collins and Randol Mill.

Those arrested were: Stephanie Briant, 29; Darryl Burnham, 31; Miracle Freeman, 29; Arminta Jeffreys, 25; Michael Lowe, 38; Melissa Perry, 33; Davante Peters, 25; Lelani Russell, 25; and Dion Williams, 29.

At about noon on Tuesday and about 40 hours after their initial arrest, all nine were released from Tarrant County jail.

About 100 people are descending on AT&T Stadium to protest the police shooting deaths of men in Arlington and Dallas. They were carrying two caskets to represent the men, Oshea Terry and Botham Jean.



Each had a bail set at $100 for traffic obstruction, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. Lowe was also charged with resisting arrest and his bail was set at $200. Russell had a higher bond amount based on charges out of Carrollton.

Minister Dominique Alexander, president of the Next Generation Action Network, asked for donations to bail the nine out of jail.

Alexander previously told the Star-Telegram the arrests came at the end of the protest.

“They were walking away when officers approached them,” he said of the protesters. “It was pretty much already over with, yet they detained them.”

Arlington Police Officer Christopher Cook previously said the nine demonstrators were arrested after they entered the intersection of Collins and Randol Mill to block traffic.

“They were given orders to disperse and not block the roadway and failed to comply,” Cook said in an email.

Along with Jean’s family, Pastor Frederick Haynes and Jean’s family attorney, Lee Merritt, led Sunday’s procession.

Lesa Pamplin, the attorney who arranged bond for the nine protesters, said they were all released Tuesday afternoon on personal recognizance bonds, which means they did not have to pay any out of pocket funds to be released from jail.

A second attorney, Marqueta Clayton, also assisted with the release of the nine people accused.

“It should not take 40 hours to get someone out of jail on a Class B misdemeanor when someone who killed another person got out on the same day they walked into jail,” Pamplin said.

Protesters were also marching in protest of the police shooting death of O’Shae Terry, 24.

Terry was killed by an Arlington police officer, who has not been identified, on Sept. 1 when he tried to drive away from the traffic stop.

On Monday night, protesters continued to march in Dallas, gathering in front of the Dallas police headquarters and demanding Guyger’s termination.

Staff writer Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.

Kaley Johnson: 817-390-7028, @KaleyJohnson6
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