Monday 14 October 2019

Slain man's brother hugs police officer convicted of shooting him

 

Botham Jean’s brother Brandt Jean hugs Amber Guyger. Photo: Reuters
Botham Jean’s brother Brandt Jean hugs Amber Guyger. Photo: Reuters

Jake Bleiberg

The brother of a black man who was shot dead by a white Dallas police officer who said she mistook his apartment for her own forgave and embraced her as she sobbed after being sentenced to 10 years in jail.

As people outside the courtroom reacted angrily to the 10-year sentence given to Amber Guyger for killing Botham Jean in his apartment, believing it was too lenient, his brother addressed her directly from the witness stand.

Brandt Jean told Guyger he thinks his brother would have wanted her to turn her life over to Christ, and that if she can ask God for forgiveness, she will get it.

"I love you as a person. I don't wish anything bad on you," he said to Guyger, before adding: "I don't know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug?"

The judge said he could, and Brandt and Guyger embraced as she sobbed.

Irish Independent

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