Dallas Police Officer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

Courtesy of CNN

By Joe Creason

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the the murder of Botham Jean.

The incident occurred in September 2018 when Guyger, a white female, shot Jean in his living room after mistaking his apartment for her own. Jean, a black male, was unarmed at the time.

Many were shocked as to the level compassion displayed to Guyger following the sentencing. Judge Tammy Kemp, and Brandt Jean, brother of Botham Jean, embracing the former officer.

“I love you as a person. I don’t wish anything bad on you,” Jean said before turning to Judge Kemp.  “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug?”

Guyger’s 10 year sentence was only a small portion of the 28 years to life time sentencing that the prosecutors had asked for. Outside of the court, many reacted negatively to the decision. Kemp was criticized for being too lenient, as well as for her embrace of Guyger, which some deemed to be “inappropriate.”

“I am saying that who gets harsh sentencing and who gets a break, with hugs … & hair petted on by the police falls suspiciously down lines of race & privilege,” tweeted Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King.

Though there were angry protests as people took the streets and blocked traffic Wednesday night, a peaceful gathering at the Jean family’s local church was held in honor of Botham Jean.

Guyger will be eligible for parole in five years.