Botham Jean's Brother Given "Ethical Courage Award"

Alan Scaia
December 03, 2019 - 12:27 pm
Brandt Jean Given "Ethical Courage Award"

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Officers from different law enforcement agencies attended a ceremony Tuesday where Botham Jean's brother received the "Ethical Courage Award" from the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration.

The group says Brandt Jean displayed "empathy and forgiveness" for hugging Amber Guyger after she was sentenced for murdering Botham Jean earlier this year.

"Yes, we kind of broke the rules at that point," Brandt Jean said Tuesday. "But people need to understand everyone in that room is human. People are going to act with emotion. After being found guilty by a jury of her peers, sentenced under the law, Miss Guyger needed to be forgiven. And I needed to be free from the burden of unforgivenness."

Guyger was convicted of murder when prosecutors say she went into the wrong apartment by mistake after her shift as a Dallas police officer September 6, 2018. She walked in and killed Botham Jean, saying she thought he had broken into her apartment.

She was sentenced to ten years in prison this October.

Brandt Jean says he hopes his brother's case will lead to changes in training for Dallas police.

"I want you all to know I am not a threat, that young, Black males are not inherently dangerous or criminal," he says.

"We know that when Amber Guyger testified, she testified that she did not recall her training on deescalation, she did not recall her training in giving CPR," says Daryl Washington, a lawyer representing the Jean family. "Those were a number of issues that she testified, yet the chief of police issues a statement shortly after saying training had nothing to Amber Guyger taking the life of Botham."

Lawyers for Jean's family says they want the city to "acknowledge its role" in Botham Jean's death. They say they want Dallas to acknowledge Guyger could have received more substantial training.