The other day I happened to see a post on Facebook from a family member about Botham Jean and Amber Guyger. From what the post implied, it had to be about a white woman who killed a black man. So I Googled the situation and read up on it. Not only was the situation about a white woman who killed a black man but she is also another white cop who killed a black man. I'm shaking my damn head. But it gets worse as I find out that she killed a black man in his own home because she thought it was her apartment.
Some of you may already know about this sickening turn of events, as it happened last year in Dallas and only now did I become aware of it. From reading all the details the other day, to waking up this morning and checking on it and finding out that the jury found Guyger guilty, I feel joy that justice was actually given in a situation where a white cop is rarely punished for murdering a black person.
On the night of September 6, 2018...
Amber Guyger was coming home from working a 13 hour shift on the beat in Dallas, Texas. She parked on the wrong level of the apartment garage and tried to get into the wrong apartment that "she thought" was hers, when hers was actually on the next floor down. She found her way inside and saw Botham Jean sitting on his couch, watching his TV, and eating his ice cream. She claimed that he "appeared to be coming at her," and she shot him dead in the chest, believing that he was "burglar."
Guyger was terminated from the Dallas police force and charged with manslaughter later that month. Botham Jean, who's friends and family called "Bo," was a 26 year-old accountant for PriceWaterhouseCooper and will be missed by all those friends and family.
Justice is served…
Jurors did not buy Guyger's bullshit story or her defense's argument and did not hold back in making a courageous decision. It really didn't matter how long her shift on the beat was and how tired she was, stopping at an apartment door with a red mat in front that would've been 100% obvious to her that it's not hers because hers did not have one, is a bad sign in your story. And the fact that she slid her door card and the sensor kept showing red but she entered anyway definitely looks like intrusion.
It also gets worse as it was later revealed by the prosecution that Amber Guyger is a racist, when they presented racist text messages she exchanged with other officers, including one she had been having an affair with. "In the texts, Guyger jokes about Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, mocks her black colleagues and discusses a dog that her friend warns “may be racist.”
“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.”
"The new texts introduced after the verdict showed her mocking black officers working for the Dallas Police Department with her partner, Officer Martin Rivera. “Damn I was at this area with 5 different black officers !!!” Rivera texted Guyger on March 9, 2018. “Not racist but damn.” Guyger echoed Rivera and added: “Not racist but just have a different way of working and it shows.”
During a 2018 parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Guyger texted another officer about their lengthy shift as attendees celebrated the black civil rights activist’s legacy. “When does this end lol,” read a text sent to Guyger. She replied: “When MLK is dead … oh wait …”
Prosecutors also showed images of Pinterest posts about guns and violence that Guyger had saved and commented on. One post showed a photo of a “Minion” character from the “Despicable Me” movies with the caption: “People are so ungrateful. No one ever thanks me for having the patience not to kill them.” Guyger commented about owning a gun on another meme that read, “I wear all black to remind you not to mess with me because I’m already dressed for your funeral.”
But it’s not over yet…
Many of my white female friends and co-workers, in real life and here on GaG understand that I don’t hate white women, but know that I do hate the way they are put on high, and I’m sure that many support the verdict against Guyger as well. In a world that overglorifies and exonerates white women regularly because of its sexual bondage to them - especially blondes who are seen as beautiful - it is very refreshing and surprising to see that the right thing has been done by the Texas court system, which has a history of its own racism and record of being one of the states in the Union to incarcerate large numbers of black men - many of whom have been later found innocent - and is the state with a record of putting more people to death than any other.
Texas has shocked us by breaking free of the common mental illness of worshipping white women and finding one guilty of murdering a black man, and by possibly giving us hope that other states will give justice to the families of black men who have been killed by police.
However, we are not done yet. The sentencing for Amber Guyger is still in the process, and by Texas law she could get 2 to 20 years or life in prison. Let’s hope that the court will not be lenient and give her the lightest sentence but the utmost. And let’s also hope that in the future the justice system will stop being afraid of convicting white male cops for murdering black men and begin to do it more regularly.