Amber Guyger, who shot and killed Botham Jean after entering the wrong apartment allegedly thinking it was her own, has been found guilty of murder. The former Dallas police officer assumed that Jean was an intruder, according to her defense, and shot him while off-duty. She faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
BREAKING: Amber Guyger is found guilty of murder in the death of Botham Jean https://t.co/AeS16Wz396— Cassandra Jaramillo (@cassandrajar) October 1, 2019
The jury deliberated for less than 24 hours, according to NBC News, and an “audible gasp” was heard in the courtroom as the verdict was read.
Jean family attorney Lee Merritt called this a “huge victory” for the family and for “all black people in America.”
The number of people (myself included) stunned that Amber Guyger will be held accountable tells us all we need to know about what we mean when we say #BlackLivesMatter. It’s a plea.— Maya Rupert (@MayaRupert) October 1, 2019
“It’s a signal that the tide is going to change here,” Merritt said to reporters. “Police officers are going to be held accountable for their actions, and we believe this is going to change the policing culture all over the world.”
“l don’t like this red doormat. I’m gonna go in and kill whoever is in here” Defense attorneys attack prosecutors argument as ridiculous that Amber Guyger should have noticed the red door mat outside Botham Jean’s door before she walked in and shot him. pic.twitter.com/Cq3kvWzvoG— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) September 30, 2019
“The State of Texas finds it unreasonable that a person can go ‘whoops my bad’ and go about your life” Prosecutor mocks defense argument that Amber Guyger acted in self defense when she shot and killed Botham Jean. pic.twitter.com/JKLTkJymej— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) September 30, 2019
The verdict comes shortly after the court allowed Guyger’s defense to use the “castle doctrine” as part of their case, which says that you can use deadly force to defend yourself against an intruder in your home. However, as many pointed out, Guyger was not actually in her home.
Convicting Amber Guyger of murder is a step toward justice for #BothamJean. But Guyger’s inability to accept or comprehend her culpability is indicative of the work still left to do to address the rampant, unapologetic and shameless systemic racism in our criminal justice system.— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) October 1, 2019
The case has once again brought up the issue of racism and police brutality in the U.S., with Guyger being white and Jean being Black. Many have wondered if Guyger would have pulled the trigger if Jean had been a white man.
Amber Guyger has been found guilty of the murder of Botham Jean.— Shaun King (@shaunking) October 1, 2019
What the family has said is that what they would prefer is for their dear son to be alive, but this small semblance of justice matters for them, and for all of us.
Dallas: You got this right.
THANK YOU. pic.twitter.com/Gcj3fr769w