Judge Tammy Kemp Defends Her Actions after Giving Amber Guyger Hug & a Bible Following the Murder Trial
The case of the "Mistaken Apartment Shooting," as it is popularly called, is one of the most talked-about court cases on the internet. Although the widespread case has been solved and the former cop, Amber Guyger, was found guilty, another issue arose from the case.
Netizens find it appalling that Judge Tammy Kemp hugged Guyger before sending her off with a Bible to observe her 10-year sentence.
In Kemp's defense, the judge said she had never done anything like this before. The fact is she couldn't let Guyger go without first launching her faith in Christ.
During her debut interview since the conviction, Kemp revealed that she doesn't regret her actions. The trial was over, and the ex-officer reportedly told her that she had no idea how to gain God's forgiveness.
However, contenders challenged her claims and believed that it was improper of Kemp to hug Guyger and give her the Bible. Some activists stated that the embrace diverted the focus of the case, acceptable anger at a police killing.
JUST IN: New booking photos of former DPD officer Amber Guyger indicted today on charge of murder pic.twitter.com/OhZOIKH9zz— WFAA (@wfaa) November 30, 2018
Even more, the Freedom From Religion Foundation requested a judicial malpractice investigation against Judge Kemp.
That day, the courtroom witnessed more embraces, as even Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean, told Guyger that he forgave her before going in for an emotional hug.
Brother of Man Slain by Cop in Home Hugs Killer — But Mom Says Hug Wasn't 'Complete Forgiveness' https://t.co/lq7QWeG6jk— People (@people) October 3, 2019
He advised her to live a Christian life because that's what his late brother would have wanted, AP News narrated.
Afterward, Kemp approached the defense table to talk to Guyger, where the ex-cop asked the judge to hug her.
While speaking with the Associated Press, she said:
“Following my own convictions, I could not refuse that woman a hug. I would not. And I don’t understand the anger."
"And I guess I could say if you profess religious beliefs and you are going to follow them, I would hope that they not be situational and limited to one race only.”