Offering Forgiveness, Man Hugs Police Officer Who Killed His Brother

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 An unexpected moment of forgiveness could be inside a Dallas, Texas courtroom after former city police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced to ten years in prison for murdering 26-year-old Botham Jean.

“I can speak for myself. I forgive you. And I know if you go to God and ask Him, He will forgive you,” said Jean, the victim’s brother, speaking directly to Guyger. 

“Again, I’m speaking for myself, not even for my family. But I love you just like anyone else,” Jean said, expressing not only words of kindness, but an act of kindness as well.

“I don’t know if this is possible, but can I hug her please,” he asked.

With a “yes” from the Judge, Jean got up from the witness stand, walked over to Guyger and hugged her before she was led off to prison. 

The heartfelt gesture was even felt by the Dallas Police Department

That’s the spirit, I and I think we want to move forward, with a spirit of forgiveness, faith and trust,” said Renee Hall, Chief of the Dallas Police.

Speaking before a courtroom, Botham Jean’s father also got emotional remembering his son, asking, “How could it be possible? I’ll never see him again. And I want to see him. I still want to see him.”