If you’re unfamiliar with this case here’s a short recap. This incident occurred in Dallas, Texas a little over a year ago. 26 year old Botham Jean was in his apartment eating ice cream when former police officer Amber Guyger entered. The story she tells is that she entered the apartment thinking it was her own. She goes on to express that she thought an unarmed Jean was burglarizing her home. Moments later, Botham Jean was on the floor of his apartment with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Today, a jury of her peers found former officer Amber Guyger guilty of murder.
After the verdict was announced, the attorneys said they had expected a conviction, pointing to the fact that Jean was unarmed, completely non aggressive and in his own apartment. He was also, Crump said, “a near-perfect person of color”: a college-educated accountant working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the top three accounting firms in the world.
Listing off the names of other unarmed black people killed by police, from Tamir Rice to Eric Gardner, the Jean-family attorney said the jury’s decision sets a precedent that will help spur equal justice under the law.
“For so many unarmed black and brown human beings all across America,” he said, “this verdict today is for them.” – Washington Post