A person carrying a wreath of flowers walks through the parking lot at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ for the funeral service for Botham Shem Jean on September 13, 2018 in Richardson, Texas. Jean was killed when a Dallas Police officer who accidentally went into Jean's apartment, thinking it was her own and shot him. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

The family of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old Dallas man shot to death this month in his home by a female police officer, is suing the city for civil rights violations.

Jean’s family maintain that his rights were violated on Sept. 6 when Officer Amber Guyger said she “mistakenly went to his apartment and shot and killed him, thinking she was encountering an intruder in her apartment.”

Guyger, 30, who has been a police officer for four years, was arrested and charged with manslaughter on Sept. 9. After just a few hours in custody, she was released on a bond of $300,000.

Guyger reportedly moved out of the complex the weekend she killed Jean. She was not fired until 18 days after the shooting.

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