Police killing of Botham Jean becomes unexpected issue in Dem runoff to replace Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

This week in Texas politics with The Texas Tribune.

By Alexandra Hart & Wells DunbarApril 1, 2022 2:16 pm, , , ,

It’s time for the week that was in Texas politics with James Barragán, political reporter for The Texas Tribune.

Among the stories that have politics watchers talking: a cease and desist letter to a Democratic state representative from the parents of Botham Jean. In 2018, Jean was killed by Dallas police in his own home. This week, his family called on Dallas state Rep. Jasmine Crockett to “stop using Botham Jean’s name in any political capacity.”

Rep. Crockett, Barragán notes, is in “a pretty heated [runoff] election battle” for the Democratic nomination to potentially succeed U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.

“Nonetheless … there is a bit of a controversy here, and Botham Jean’s family is not happy about it,” Barragán said.

Listen to the full interview with Barragán in the audio player above to hear more about the Botham Jean story, as well as about  President Biden’s announcement that he’ll meet with the parents of a Marine veteran detained in Russia and more.

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