October 04, 2019
Former Dallas cop who murdered an unarmed black neighbor joked about Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.
Prosecutors presented Amber Guyger's text messages as evidence during the sentencing phase of the trial that shows she joked about Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination while working security at a parade in his honor.
The white former police officer was found guilty of murder, after killing her unarmed black neighbor in his own home, which she mistook for her apartment.
The texts, which show a clear prejudice against black citizens, may lead the jurors to recommend a stiffer sentence for Guyger
The defense team presented a motion to suppress the texts but was denied by the judge.
The texts, which are palpably racist, were originally deleted by Guyger from her phone but were recovered by the authorities. The defense fears the evidence will negatively impact on her sentence which may go up to 99 years in prison.,
The texts in question were exchanged on January 15, 2018 between Guyger and a colleague while the then-officer was on duty at a parade honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
“Damn I was at this area with 5 different black officers!!! Not racist but damn.”
To which Guyger replied:
“Not racist but just have a different way of working and it shows.”
The texts, which show a clear prejudice against black citizens, may lead the jurors to recommend a stiffer sentence for Guyger, which may go up to 99 years in state prison.
During the trial, Guyger gave tearful testimony which failed to impress the jury, who unanimously decided her guilt.fate.
The texts now revealed by the prosecution are unlikely to endear her to either the judge or the jury who will decide her
The murder of a young Black man by a white Police officer in Dallas made headlines in September 2018 for the incredible circumstances surrounding the death.
The victim, Botham Jean, was in his own home, sitting on his couch eating icecream went the Guyer burst through the doorway of his apartment, gun blazing, and shot him dead.
Guyer had gotten off on the wrong floor - she lived on the third, Botham the fourth - and seeing the door unlocked and ajar had shot Botham on sight, thinking an intruder was in her home.
Guyger is the second Dallas police officer in 45 years to be indicted for murder. She has been found guilty, and now awaits the pronunciation of her sentence by the ruling judge.