The victim’s brother and the judge hugged the killer. Her racist comments about blacks don’t seem to matter to them
By Frederick H. Lowe
Former Dallas cop Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday for the 2018 murder of Botham Shem Jean, a sentence that was much shorter than prosecutors sought. Some court observers angrily booed the sentence.
Guyger also received a hug from Jean’s younger brother Brandt, who said he wished she didn’t have to go to prison. “I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you, because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want,” said Brandt, who is 18.
And after the 12-person jury rendered its verdict, a black woman sheriff’s deputy stroked Guyger’s blond hair as she sat stoically in a chair while in court. Judge Tammy Kemp gave Guyger a Bible and a hug.
We have seen blacks rush to forgive their white killers before.
After Dylann Roof was arrested and charged with murdering nine black members of Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, the victims’ survivors tearfully stood in line to tell the Roof they forgave him. Roof didn’t acknowledge them. The deadly shooting occurred June 17, 2015.
In a society where women press their bodies against walls out of fear they may accidently touch a black man, I don’t see whites or even some blacks extending that kindness to black men following such a horrible event. Black men endure daily acts of microaggressions–overt acts of cruelty–that drive them crazy.
[su_pullquote align=”right”]Has the ”turn the other cheek” philosophy espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. engendered madness and mental illness in the black community?[/su_pullquote]
Guyger shot to death Botham Jean on September 6, 2018, while he sat in his apartment watching television and eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Jean was 26 at the time.
Guyger, who was still in uniform, entered the wrong apartment. She saw Jean and immediately thought he was a burglar. Guyger shot him, claiming he did not obey her commands. Jean’s apartment was on the fourth floor and Guyger’s was directly below his on the third.
This series of events occurred after the court released a list of racist comments Guyer and her partners made about blacks during her tenure as a s cop.
Prosecutors revealed that Guyger previously made racist jokes about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. She was working a parade January 15, 2018, honoring Dr. King. “When does this end lol,” a friend identified only as “Blevins” texted Guyger on Jan. 15, 2018, according to a screenshot posted on Twitter. “When MLK is dead… oh wait….” Guyger texted back.Prosecutors then presented more text messages from March 9, 2018, showing that Guyger didn’t like black cops.During a conversation with her extramarital lover, Martin Rivera, a married man who was also a Dallas cop, Guyger made nasty comments about black officers.
“Damn I was at this area with five different Black officers!!! Not racist but damn,” Rivera wrote in a text message to Guyger.“Not racist but just have a different way of working and it shows,” Guyger responded.
Another Guyer post read, “I wear all black to remind you not to mess with me, because I’m already dressed for your funeral.”
Prosecutors sought to sentence Guyger to 28 years in prison that was equivalent to every year of Jean’s life. With the 10-year sentence, Guyger is expected to get out of prison in five.