Justice At Last:
Amber Guyger Convicted Of Murder
It’s telling that we live in a society where convicting a murderer of murder, is a shock. On Oct. 1, 2019, the Texas judicial system provided us with an upset. In a rare act of justice, a jury convicted police officer Amber Guyger of murdering Botham Jean, an unarmed Black man killed as he ate ice cream in his home. In most cases, those tasked with “protecting and serving” walk away scot-free after either brutalizing or murdering unarmed Black people. Today, hopefully, sets an example. It won’t change the fact that as a person of color, you feel targeted by the police. It won’t quell the innate fear that resonates through the body whenever coming in contact with a person in uniform. But maybe more cases like that of Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, etc., will end with murder convictions and life sentences. Now that cops are being held responsible for their negligence, maybe the number of unarmed Black people murdered at the hands of police decreases. Just maybe, we can start living in an America where the color of your skin could lead to your death sentence.