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Demonstrators marched outside AT&T Stadium, where the Cowboys hosted the Giants Sunday night, rolling two caskets to protest the police shooting deaths of Botham Jean in Dallas and O’Shae Terry in Arlington.
Terry was shot by an Arlington police officer Sept. 1 after he attempted to flee during a traffic stop and Jean was shot Sept. 6 by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger who said she mistook him for a burglar after she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment.
Lee Merritt, who represented the families of both men, demanded that the Dallas Police Department identify and discipline officers who leaked information a search warrant return about Botham Jean’s shooting to the media. The search warrant indicated officers found marijuana, but it’s unclear who it belonged to.
Merritt said the protest was also to draw attention to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ policy on players protesting during the national anthem.
“We come with an invitation to Jerry Jones, to Dak Prescott, to the entire Cowboys organization to join us in the fight for justice. To ensure these tragedies do not continue to befall our community,” Rev. Michael Waters said.
“Let us know that you’re not just concerned with making money off of black bodies, but you’re concerned about the safety of all black bodies,” pastor Frederick Haynes said. “Because, guess what? We are Americans as well.”