Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder today after shooting her neighbor Botham Shem Jean in his apartment. Guyger’s defense rested on the claim that she mistakenly entered the wrong apartment, believing it was her own, and found Jean who she believed was a burglar who was eating ice cream on his couch. Additionally, marijuana was found in his apartment, which is known to make suspects aggressive in behavior.
The conviction sent shock-waves through the law enforcement community today, with many concerned that officers will no longer be able to safely do their job now that there is potential for accountability in their actions.
“Our officers are already having to endure the fact that they could be charged for their actions, however with this conviction, they’re even more worried about being able to get home to their families each night after shooting someone who likely did something at some point to deserve it,” states Altruria Police Chief John Statten. “This conviction continues to allow the public to have a poor perception of the heroic things we do as law enforcement on a day to day basis. Blue lives matter, but apparently they don’t matter today, according to this jury’s verdict.”
Local resident Chris Holden, a thin blue line supporter, expressed dismay at the outcome as well. “Police are just doing their jobs, and these snowflakes are steadily making it harder for them to do so. We need to get back to the good old days where people didn’t step out of line and knew their place, then we wouldn’t have this problem.”
Guyger is currently awaiting the sentencing phase of her trial, where it is largely expected that she will get the legal equivalent of a slap on the wrist.