Cop Who Shot And Killed Black Man After Entering The Wrong Apartment Found Guilty

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.

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.”

“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.”

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.

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.