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Amber Guyger Gets A Hug & Forgiveness From Botham Jean’s Brother, And A Hug & A Bible From The Judge

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We can't say we've ever seen anything like this before. The courtroom "grace" shown by Botham Jean's older brother and Judge Tammy Kemp in the aftermath of the Amber Guyger murder trial has the internet in a tizzy. Watch the actions that has some people scratching their heads and others praising 'Christian-like actions" inside.

Amber Guyger - a now-former Dallas cop and self described racist who often expressed her desire to hurt or kill people she hated - faced anywhere from five years to up to life in prison for the murder of her neighbor Botham Jean, an innocent and upstanding citizen whose apartment she walked into by "mistake". The jury rejected a "sudden passion" defense that would have reduced the sentencing range from 2 to 20 years. Prosecutors argued for a sentence of no less than 28 years — the age Jean would have turned on Sunday. Amber as convicted Tuesday, and ended up getting 10 years, and plenty of folks aren't happy about it saying the sentence is not enough.

Interestingly, the victim's teen brother, Brandt Jean, took the stand to read his statement on behalf of his slain brother, and he wasn't happy about the sentencing either. But for a totally different reason. He said:

"I'm not going to say I hope you rot and die, just like my brother — I personally want the best for you," Brandt Jean, 18, said. "I wasn't going to say this in front of my family or anyone, but I don't even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you, because I know that's exactly what Botham would want."

"If you truly are sorry," Botham's younger brother Brandt Jean told Guyger from the witness stand, "I know I can speak for myself, I forgive you."

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Jean's mother Allison Jean said she hoped Guyger's prison term would be a time of reflection for her and a chance for her to change her life. Jean blasted the Dallas Police Department and said their training needs to be overhauled.

"If Amber Guyger was trained not to shoot in the heart, my son would be alive today," she said. "He was no threat to her. He had no reason to be a threat to her, because he was in his own apartment."


Watch Brandt's statement, as well as judge Tammy Kemp's interesting comfort session she gave to Amber - as well as a bible - below:


If only it was 100% likely that this EXACT same scenario would have occurred had the defendant been black and the judge and victim's family been white. Unfortunately, many don't think this same scene would have played out. And hereinlies the problem. Forgiveness, public displays of grace and teachable moments are all fine and good, as long as they are not solely afforded to white defendants. Or to proven racist defendants.

Rev. Cornell Brooks, former NAACP President & CEO, said it best:


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