Amber Guyger pleaded not guilty in the case of self defense but was charged with murder and convicted of killing Botham Jean, as this is a step forward for law enforcement.
The 31-year-old Guyger, who was fired from the Dallas Police Department days after the shooting, faces a prison sentence of five to 99 years.
Guyger claims she entered the wrong apartment on accident thinking it was hers and that’s what led to this shooting. The protest really is what led to her ultimate sentencing of going to prison for life.
Guyger and Jean’s trial is something that is being looked at
“It’s okay.. I’m the same,” Guyger wrote back about the dog, just days before she fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in his Dallas apartment on Sept. 6, 2018. One minute later, she texted again: “I hate everything and everyone but y’all.”
As the trial continued the evidence began to come out too. Amber was a police officer that might have mistakenly entered the wrong apartment but also race seemed to have been an issue with her.
The hurt of this family does not go unnoticed and this trial allows Guyger to be convicted is the only thing that can help their grieving.
“I have to try to keep the family together because everybody is in pain,” she said. “We had a very, very close family.”
The amount of people that are looking at this case in the past 7 days, it is apparent that the people care about the trial and are happy to see that Guyger was convicted.
“It’s a signal that the tide is going to change here,” he told reporters. “Police officers are going to be held accountable for their actions and we believe that will begin to change policing culture all over the world.”
With that being said there is new hope of mending the relationship between the African American community and law enforcement.
“This is a victory for black people in America,” said civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt after the verdict was read.
The victory for the people was really what made an impact. Jean’s death was sudden, unexpected, and tragic.
His death though allowed the system to have some light in the eyes of the American people.