Just two stories today, but the first one is pretty powerful. It starts with bad news and offers hope for something better.
Brandt Jean Asks to Hug His Brother’s Killer, and the Judge Lets Him
After a long shift, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger walked into the wrong apartment and killed Botham Jean who was in his own apartment eating ice cream. It was a horrible mistake that could have been easily prevented. I’ve been thinking a lot about this case. What would I have done as a juror? As the police officer? But I think what Botham Jean’s brother did was more important. After Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison, Botham’s 18 year old brother, Brandt Jean, made a statement of forgiveness. Then he asked if he could hug his brother’s killer. Judge Tammy Kemp broke with protocol by allowing the hug and later by giving Amber her Bible. 20 years ago, I would have been objecting strongly to that act, now I admire Judge Kemp’s compassion.
This first video moved me to tears and the hope that maybe greater good can come from this tragedy.
In the second video, Brandt talks about what made him ask for the hug. There is an important distinction made between forgiveness and justice.