Amber Guyger, the former cop who was convicted of murdering Botham Jean after she shot him in his apartment, reportedly sent racist texts months before the incident.
Guyger’s defense centered around the claim that she had entered Jean’s apartment by mistake, thinking it her own, in spite of the fact that he lived on a different floor and had a distinctive red welcome mat. Many believe that the murder was racially motivated, and these newly surfaced texts could certainly support that argument.
Both texts and social media messages expose “jokes” about racism and police brutality and appear to contain a confession of racism from Guyger. In one text conversation that happened two days before the murder, a friend ended a statement about a German Shepherd they had recently adopted by saying: “Although she may be racist.” Guyger responded with: “It’s okay… I’m the same.”
In another conversation, Guyger joked about the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and about pepper-spraying people marching in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. When a fellow cop texted her asking when the parade would end, Guyger said: “When MLK is dead … oh wait …”
She also advised her fellow officer on how to treat black individuals openly celebrating the civil rights legend: “Just push them…or spray your pepper spray in that general area.”
After the tears and the verdict, we learn more about Amber Guyer at the sentencing phase. This woman should never have been a police ofcr, armed by the state. The Dallas Police Dept has to answer some questions. https://t.co/r89z3JYx0A— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) October 2, 2019
Texts from 2018 appear to show Guyger having dubious opinions about black police officers. When her partner, Officer Martin Rivera, texted her that “I was at this area with 5 different black officers !!! Not racist but damn,” Guyger responded with: “Not racist but just have a different way of working and it shows.”
As they say, if you have to start a statement with “not racist but,” you’re probably racist.
Guyger also posted, saved, or liked a number of memes on her social media accounts about killing people, which is not necessarily what you want from a supposed officer of the peace.
The state also showed the jury a Pinterest post saved on Guyger’s account.— Marjorie Owens (@clumsyandshy) October 1, 2019
The post reads: “I wear all black to remind you not to mess with me, because I’m already dressed for your funeral.” pic.twitter.com/CHivuKseRx
Prosecutors revealed these texts and posts to jurors during the sentencing phase of the trial, who have since sentenced her to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors were pushing for 28 years, as Jean would have been 28 if he were alive today, and the maximum sentence possible was life. The Jean family and their supporters are widely disappointed at the results.
Amber Guyger only gets 10 years for murdering Botham Jean. Just ask yourself honestly if the situation was reversed do you think Mr. Jean would have only gotten 10 years? So once again the justice system proves it isn't just for all.— Robert Littal (@BSO) October 2, 2019