Witness Who Filmed Ex-Cop Amber Guyger After Shooting Gets $30k In Crowdfunding

Ronnie "Bunny" Babbs claimed she was fired for being "anti-police" after she released the cell phone video.

Dallas, TX – A woman who recorded Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger in the aftermath of the Botham Jean shooting raised over $30,000 after claiming she was threatened and fired from her job for speaking out about the video.

Now-former Officer Guyger fatally shot 26-year-old Jean inside his apartment on Sep. 6, 2018, after she got off a 13-hour shift and mistakenly entered an apartment she thought was her own, the New York Daily News reported.

When she encountered Jean, she believed he was a burglar, and fired off two rounds, killing him.

Guyger has since been indicted on a murder charge.

“I did hear the actual shot, and that’s what prompted me to go outside and actually start recording the video,” witness Ronnie “Bunny” Babbs told Advise Media Network in an interview in January. “And I head a male’s voice say, ‘Oh my God! Why did you do that?’”

Babbs said her cell phone recording began approximately 60 seconds after she heard two gunshots ring out.

The video showed the uniformed, off-duty officer as she frantically paced the hallway outside Jean’s apartment while talking on the phone, The Dallas Morning News reported.

It also captured the moment that paramedics rushed Jean down the same hallway on a gurney.

Babbs claimed she never planned to publicize the video, but that she decided to do so after she read news reports regarding Guyger’s account of what occurred.

“I see that what she was saying was completely contradicting to what I had seen,” she said during the interview. “I was hesitant. I didn’t want that attention on myself, but I kinda felt compelled to do something… because I knew what was on my video was contradicting to what she was saying happened.”

Babbs later launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for own benefit, and praising her self-declared bravery and self-sacrifice.

“I was brave enough to come forward with information that has helped the DA charge a police officer who murdered an innocent black man in his own home when nobody else would,” Babbs wrote on the fundraising page, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I was hesitant as I knew the consequences could affect me greatly. I put my own life at risk and decided to help.”

“I… [have] received countless harassments,” she added.

Babbs said she was ultimately fired from her job, and that her employer accused her of “radical, anti-police” behavior before they “blacklisted” her.

“I was working for a pharmaceutical company, a loyal employee for 3 years working my way up in the company,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page. “They decided to fire me the moment it was discovered it was my video footage and assumed it help... [lead to] the officer’s arrest. They called me a radical, anti-police amongst other things. They also blacklisted me.”

During her interview with Advise Media Network, Babbs explained that the company then “took it a step further and blacklisted my credentials, so my credentials are no longer valid in the state of Texas.”

Babbs has refused to provide the name of the company that she claimed berated her and fired her without justification, but said she is “in the process” of appealing her “blacklisted credentials.”

She originally wrote that she was “in the process of writing a book to tell my full story” about the shooting, but later said she is taking classes so she can own her own pharmacy, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“My most prominent goal with my money was to put myself in a position where nobody could ever take away my ability to make an income again,” Babbs wrote in a recent update. “I have stated [sic] two new online boutiques and enrolled in classes so that I can pursue OWNING my own pharmacy so I never have to work for one again.”

“Thank you, not just for me but showing them WE GOT US!” she added. “My community has come together to support me and so many others and it scares ‘them’…”

The fundraising page was still accepting donations on Wednesday morning.

Babbs blew off concerns that her credibility in the courtroom could be negatively affected by the funds she has solicited from donors thus far, or the unsupported claims she made about being victimized, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“There are obviously major red flags any time a witness uses a connection to a legal proceeding as a platform to openly solicit donations,” Dallas defense attorney Chris Knox told the paper.

“Everything this witness has said in relation to this case will probably be put under a microscope. Has the story changed? Have things been exaggerated or made up? Is this opportunistic platform new, or is there a history to this type of behavior?” added Knox, who is not affiliated with the case.

According to court documents, Guyger’s defense attorneys have subpoenaed Babbs’ employment records with numerous companies, The Dallas Morning News reported.

They are also looking into two prior theft offenses involving Babbs, KDFW reported.

Guyger faces a possible life sentence if she is convicted of murder.

Then-Officer Guyger was off-duty and returning home from work just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 6 when the incident occurred.

After having worked 14 hours serving warrants in high crime areas of the city, the 30-year-old officer parked on the wrong floor of the parking garage adjacent to her apartment building, WCAU reported.

The arrest affidavit said the garage levels correspond with the floors in the apartment complex. Officer Guyger lived on the 3rd Floor of the Southside Flats apartment complex, and should have parked on the 3rd floor where her apartment was.

But the off-duty officer parked on the 4th floor of the parking garage and proceeded into the building, where she went to the door of the apartment she believed to be her own and inserted her key.

The affidavit used to get the warrant for the officer’s arrest said the door to the 4th Floor apartment was not completely shut. It’s been reported that the Southside Flats apartments use a keycard entry system.

“She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door key hole,” the affidavit said. “The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.”

The sound of the door opening alerted Jean, who was home alone in his apartment watching football.

The affidavit said Jean went to see what was going on at his front door.

Officer Guyger told investigators she saw the silhouette of someone in what she believed to be her own apartment, and drew her firearm, WCAU reported. The affidavit said she believed she was being robbed.

She gave verbal commands that were ignored by Jean, according to the affidavit. Then she fired her weapon in the dark at the person twice, striking him once.

The arrest affidavit said it wasn’t until Officer Guyger was already on the phone with 911, that she reached to turn on the lights and she realized she was not in her own apartment.

She went into the hall and checked the address on the door, and confirmed for the dispatchers that she was in unit 1478, one floor above her own apartment, WCAU reported.

In her interview with Advise Media Network, Babbs said that Guyger should have known she was on the wrong floor because of marked indicators on the wall, and argued that the former officer was lying about Jean’s door being ajar because they are designed to latch automatically.

Babbs also said she believed Guyger was making a “personal call” as she paced the hallway after the shooting – not a call to police.

“It was just a lot of crying, a lot of hysterics,” she said of Guyger’s behavior during the seven-minute call. “From what I could hear, it didn’t sound like she was calling the police.”

Babbs said she initially cooperated with investigators after the incident, but that she got tired of them questioning her every day for two weeks because she believed they were trying to criminalize her, so she refused to speak with them further.

“I did get a feeling like they were trying to get me to give a different answer, and they were trying to pressure me to say something… differently than I said it yesterday,” she said.

She also claimed that “the feds” came to her home wanting to speak with her, but that they refused to specify which agency they were with and “denied” her request for business cards.

“I just feel, like, ostracized,” Babbs lamented during the interview. “I feel belittled and unfortunately, I’m not surprised. I didn’t think it would go any other way… Amber has received so much support from her community, and I feel like I didn’t receive the same.”

“I’m the one that tried to help put a murderer behind bars,” she added.

Comments (31)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

"Babbs later launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for own benefit, and praising her self-declared bravery and self-sacrifice." Nothing like tooting your own horn, Babbs. "I am so brave and sacrificial!" roared the little, insignificant person.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

30k is more than she will ever see in her life. Likely it will be gone by end of 2019 being spent on trinkets like Ding Dongs, grape sodas and a few bags of chips. But hey, at least she will dine in gourmet splendor......

JBo
JBo

Nothing self serving here...oh "brave and sacrificial" one.

LEO0301
LEO0301

She won't last two minutes on the stand before coming apart at the seams. Liar, liar, pants on fire...

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

credentials? What credentials?

The express
The express

Only on question ; Who are these people that give money for people like her.Because I'm in need of some money too.I want to ride my motorcycle around this great country of ours before I pass away. So please send money to me.Thank you

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

It's nice she used this to HER advantage to gain money and WE GOT US but I'm still curious as to why she won't name her employer who according to her has obviously discriminated against her. I smell more cash down the road...

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Oh and I’m sure it had nothing to do with she is black, the guy that got shot was black, but the officer, was white. I’m just saying. In this day and age, just as they can accuse officers for shooting certain ethinicities only, and refuse to see otherwise, I’m pretty sure I can make a comment right back. I’m not saying she (Officer) was right, I’m not saying she (Officer) was wrong, but I am pretty sure this ladies video, since it started recording after the actually incident, was not that big of a deal why charges were brought upon the officer. Just the mere fact that he was in his own house, is more of a factor than her video. Then she decided to not speak with investigators because they were trying to “criminalize” her? Oh fucking Please!? How in any way would you get in trouble for being a witness you idiot then there’s talk about she was going to write a book? About what? “So there I was, alone watching TV in my own house, just about to eat a hot pocket after a long day working at the anonymous pharmaceutical company when I heard gunshots. I was scared but then I stopped and decided to video the whole thing because I realized, maybe I can create a gofundme page so I can write this book and maybe own my own pharmacy........” I am NOT racist, I just call it like it is.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I think you are probably right about this one.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

The video in and of itself isn't anti-police; in fact, many people condemned former Officer Guyver for her actions that night. The situation raised enough red flags that everyone knew it wasn't a justified shooting; the only question was if it was murder or a tragedy. I doubt her video helped make that decision, since it was all taken afterwards. However, her self serving gofundme post destroys her credibility.

The fact that she was fired for being anti-police doesn't help her credibility. Her LinkedIn profile says she worked at a company since 2014, yet the company says she never did (she was only there as a contractor), yet she claims she worked there for 3 years, working her way up in the organization? Wonder why her employment information was requested, something isn't adding up. Think she might get BLM or some other low hanging fruit organization to fund her lawsuit against her former employer?

I can't even imagine what her book will be titled... "My life after recording the aftermath of a shooting, how I was fired from my job and then raised 30k from a bunch of suckers?"

LPD133
LPD133

Wonder if any TV actors contributed . . . . Seems to be the way to "earn" a living now-a-days.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

As usual, nobody commenting expresses any empathy for the DEAD GUY who was doing nothing wrong, did nothing negligent or intentional to contribute to his demise, and was SHOT TO DEATH in HIS OWN DOMICILE. Any of you keyboard cowboys contemplated how terrifying his last moments must have been? How typical. It SEEMS a little, teensy, sociopathic. But hey, he's just a dead civilian, right? Babbs is simply a side show to this. Easily ridiculed. It is curious Guyger was charged with murder, though no public source I can find lists the specific penal code section, there is more than one applicable murder charge in TX, as well as lesser offenses. Seems if there is an actual trial we will hear some form of reduced capacity as a defense. As someone who deals with doors and various locks daily, I find the "partially ajar, whatever " silliness more than dubious. Impossible? No. Likely? Bigger no. Guess Soros has become bored with funding BLM, this isn't getting much play (considering). I predict this going down the Memory Hole soon. Just another Helot killed by our brave protectors(!). All that matters is Officer Guyger made it home ( the wrong home where she killed an innocent person, but nobody's perfect).

Classerv
Classerv

This is bullshit. Why wasn’t his door locked? Obviously people targeting a white woman.

MFThePolice
MFThePolice

Guilty of murder. Good. Prison is too good for Amber, but at least one cop has been held accountable.

eddiethekid
eddiethekid

I don't blame her for opening up a GoFundMe account. She got fired for doing her civic duty - exposing a lying police officer who just committed a murder. Amber Guy should have gotten the maximum of 99 years.