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DALLAS — The murder conviction of a white woman who was a police officer when she killed an unarmed black man in his own home — and the year prison sentence a jury gave her Wednesday — each drew different reactions in a city whose history is rife with tensions between law enforcement and communities of color.
Jean was eating ice cream on his couch when Guyger, who had just finished a long shift, entered his apartment. She said she confused it for her own apartment one floor below. Thinking Jean was an intruder, Guyger shot and killed him.
Seemingly aware of the ever-present tension in her community that began to again boil over during Guyger's trial, Dallas Police Department Chief U. She mentioned allegations against police that arose at trial, like Guyger and her partner deleting their text messages around the time of the shooting and the head of the police union having cameras turned off so he could speak to Guyger off the record immediately after Jean was shot.
But, she said, the allegations heard at trial are not "reflective of the men and women of the Dallas Police Department. Earlier Wednesday, a small crowd of people gathered in the foyer outside the courtroom, yelling and crying in frustration over what they said was too short of a punishment. For activists in the community, this particular death had a double reading. It was another shooting of an unarmed black man. But at the same time, Jean was a middle-class professional, resting in the privacy of his own home.
It literally could have been anybody. He was the symbol of doing everything right and still not being safe. Dallas has a long history of police officers shooting unarmed people of color.Demi Lovato Woke Up To 3 Extraterrestrial Beings In Their Room
InDallas officer Darrell L. After being convicted of murder and given a sentence of five years, Cain was released two and a half years later. Despite a litany of subsequent police-involved shootings, decades passed before another officer was convicted of murder in Dallas County.
Ina Dallas police officer was not indicted after he shot and killed unarmed Clinton Allen. Inanother officer who killed Genevive Dawes was charged with aggravated assault. Military veteran Micah Xavier Johnson, who was black, opened fire at the march in downtown. For former Dallas police officer Vana Hammond Parham, the months that followed were a complicated time. She remembers a lot of black residents coming to show support for the department. But Hammon Parham highlighted that the conviction this week is the third of a police officer in recent years. But not everyone agrees. On the steps of the Crowley courts building after the conviction, but before the sentencing this week, advocates said the fight for changes within the department is not over.
Their focus now will be seeking the reation of Mike Mata, the Dallas Police Association president who allegedly asked that a camera be turned off so he could talk to Guyger the night of the shooting. This exposed a lot of issues.
She had had an eight-hour training in the subject five months before the shooting, but when asked what she took away from it, she said she couldn't remember. Additional training or testing requirements might be difficult for a department that is already understaffed. Sergeant Sheldon Smith, president of the Dallas chapter of the National Black Police Association, says that makes things more complicated. The role of police officers needs to radically change and create new entities to better shift our issues.
One thing that everyone agrees on, though, is there needs to be better communication between law enforcement and communities of color. You need to develop relations and sometimes talk to people you are not comfortable talking to.'You don't have to look black to be black': The complex racial identity of a tiny Ohio town
Hall, the police chief, echoed those sentiments after the sentencing Wednesday. We must double our efforts to continue to build trust. As the sun set in Dallas Wednesday night, more than a hundred people gathered outside the courthouse. We run the streets!
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Amber Guyger trial highlighted why Dallas communities of color often distrust law enforcement