As TFTP reported on in 2019, the family of Botham Jean thought they were finally going to see some justice after the police officer who killed their beloved son was found guilty of murder. While the guilty verdict was certainly a welcomed rarity, on Wednesday, this killer’s blue privilege finally shined through. For murdering an innocent man in his own apartment, Amber Guyger was sentenced to just ten years in prison.
“Of course that’s inadequate. The entire justice system is inadequate and the work must continue,” S. Lee Merritt, an attorney who represents Jean’s family, wrote on Twitter at the time of her original conviction. However, it could soon be far more inadequate as Guyger was just granted an appeal to overturn her murder conviction.
According to CBSDFW.com, in the appeal, lawyers for the former police officer — who was fired from the department nearly 3 weeks after the shooting — cite insufficient evidence to prove she committed murder and instead are asking that she be found guilty of criminally negligent homicide. The latter charge is normally punishable by no more than two years in jail.
Her attorneys argue in the court documents that because she believed she was in her apartment, Guyger was acting in self-defense — an insidiously laughable claim.
According to her attorneys, the evidence in the trial was “legally insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Guyger committed murder” because she had a “reasonable belief” that she was in her own apartment and there was an intruder inside, court documents say.
Her mistaken belief “negated the culpability of murder because although she intentionally and knowingly caused Jean’s death, she had the right to act in deadly force of self-defense,” court documents say.
In the circumstance she believed, deadly force “was immediately necessary was reasonable under the circumstances.”
Imagine unlawfully entering someone else’s home, killing them, and then claiming self-defense. It is as asinine as it is corrupt and it is a play right out of the Military Industrial Complex playbook.
"It's like if you broke into your neighbor's house to rob him, killed him when he tried to stop you, and then claimed self defense because you consider his home your property. Only in the American exceptionalist alternate universe is this considered normal and acceptable." https://t.co/tTMjRaVRli
— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) February 26, 2021
The trial date is set for April 27 and if she wins, Guyger could be freed later this year.
Showing just how much blue privilege was given to Guyger throughout this process, the judge actually gave her a hug before she was taken off to jail. Seriously. As we reported at the time, when Guyger was being taken back to jail, District Judge Tammy Kemp apparently gave her a Bible and then hugged her, saying, “you can have mine. I have three or four more at home.”
How many other convicted murderers receive hugs and parting gifts from the judge who resides over their case? We are willing to bet the answer is zero.
After the sentencing, Allison Jean, Botham’s mother told reporters that this trial exposed just how corrupt the Dallas police department is.
“The city of Dallas needs to clean up inside. The Dallas Police Department has a lot of laundry to do,” she said.
Indeed, they do. As TFTP reported, no search warrant was ever executed on Guyger’s apartment. On the contrary, however, the police had no problem releasing information about the victim. On the day this mother had to bury her son, police chose to release the results of the search warrant from his apartment, claiming they found a tiny bit of pot.
What’s more, Guyger wasn’t immediately arrested despite admitting to killing Botham. It would take the police department three days to bring charges against her. Had the roles been reversed and Botham would have shot Guyger, rest assured that he would have been immediately thrown in jail and there would have been no hugs or bibles handed out after his sentencing.
What Guyger’s sentence and subsequent appeal status show us is that there are two sets of justice systems in this country. There is one for the establishment class made up of bureaucrats, politicians, and law enforcement, and one for everyone else.
Had Guyger not been part of the establishment, rest assured, she would have received more than just ten years. However, because she was a cop, she was able to kill an innocent person and will likely be free in less than three years.