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Dallas police respond to shooting with proactive approach

DALLAS — Dallas police have taken a proactive approach after a white off-duty officer shot her black neighbor in his own apartment last week.

They swiftly admitted the officer, Amber Guyger, had made a mistake. They expressed contrition, turned the case over to independent investigators and reached out to the family of the victim, Botham Jean.

That approach appeared to tamp down anger in the community in the first few days after the Sept. 6 killing of the 26-year-old Jean. There have been protests but not large-scale unrest.

Frederick Haynes, pastor of a Baptist church in Dallas, says the killing could have led to an “explosive situation” on the streets. He says Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall has “gone out of her way” to communicate with Jean’s family and community leaders.