Justice is served: Botham Jean’s killer, ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger, faces up to 99 years in prison
Written by Solomon Jones on October 1, 2019
I was at home when my wife told me that Amber Guyger, a white former Dallas police officer, was found of guilty of murder for killing a black man named Botham Jean while Jean was at home in his apartment.
“Good,” I said flatly.
But that single word doesn’t capture the relief that comes with unexpected justice. When you’re part of a community that has been targeted and victimized by police officers for centuries, when justice has been elusive if not downright invisible, when your expectation for equal treatment has been worn down to a nub, words can’t express what it feels like when justice arrives.
Perhaps that’s why, when the verdict was announced, Botham Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, stood up in the courtroom, threw her head back, spread her arms in a posture of praise, and opened her mouth to speak in a voice that only God could hear.
I don’t know what she said in that moment, but I understand what it means to depend on God for justice.
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