Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who is white, recently received her sentence for shooting her black neighbor, Botham Jean, in an incident over a mistaken address.
While many members of the public agreed with the 10-year sentence, one person, in particular, did not seem too happy about the way things went down.
More specifically, Judge Tammy Kemp could be seen going over to the ex-officer after she was convicted and handing her a Bible.
The judge then proceeded to hug and console Guyger as she was reading a passage from the book, specifically John 3:16. There are a lot of complaints about the bible.
Many have been heavily critical of the judge over her behavior in the situation, noting that she should be entirely impartial for cases like this one, especially when it comes to something as sensitive as murder.
Some have called out the judge for being openly disrespectful to the family of the murder victim, and it looks like this sentiment has gained a lot of traction on social media as well.
The Dallas Police Association endorsed kemp in 2018; this group has been very supportive of Guyger during the entire ordeal.
A defender of the judge stated: “Leave her alone it’s common for judges to be backed by local police, but the prosecutors are who y’all need to look at 🤦🏽♂️.”
Another commenter added: “The jury decided the verdict, the judge just read it. Be mad at the five white, five black, one Asian, and one Latino who came up with that ridiculous sentencing.”
It is worth noting that the judge was not the only one who had shown a similar attitude towards the convicted killer.
Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean, could also be seen hugging the former officer in court at one point, and it looks like many people agree with the fact that the killing was a tragic accident, and Guyger probably did not mean to do it.
Brandt told Dr. Phil: “I thought the cameras were off. I don’t want to live the rest of my life saying, ‘I hate you. I wish I could get you back.’ It just clears your mind. It frees me, knowing that it’s settled. You pay, yes, for what you did (speaking of Guyger), but in my heart, I know that I’m free.”
Still, that did not do much to change the course of her legal proceedings, and she will have to spend the next ten years behind bars.