Outside Murder Trial, Ministers Say Botham Jean Would Have Preached Non-Violence

Alan Scaia
September 23, 2019 - 10:29 am
Botham Jean Prayer Service

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A group of ministers gathered outside the Crowley Courts Building Monday morning, urging non-violence regardless of the outcome of the trial of former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger.

They held a prayer service before the trial began.

Organizers say they held the service "to do everything we could to make sure the family knows there's support from the community."

"We also are very interested in ensuring this process remains non-violent and that Botham's life, legacy and faith are really embraced and highlighted," says Jonathan Morrison with Cedar Crest Church of Christ.

"It would be easy to let hate fill our hearts," says Colin Packer, the pastor of Greenville Oaks Church of Christ. "Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that."

Packer says Jean's family is preaching non-violence.

Despite the calls for non-violence, the Dallas County Sheriff's Department increased security at the courthouse Monday. People on the seventh floor had to go through a second round of metal detectors.

The sheriff's department and Dallas police had a more visible presence at the courthouse and outside.