The Breaking News all over social media is that former Dallas cop Amber Guyger has been found guilty of murder in the shooting death of Botham Jean inside his own apartment. I’m sure other turtle riders have been following this story like I have. It’s a tough one. Botham Jean was a completely innocent man in his home who did absolutely nothing wrong and was killed for it. Amber Guyger was a police officer who parked on the wrong floor of the garage, opened the unlocked door which she thought was her apartment, thought she was being robbed because she wouldn’t leave her door unlocked, saw a shadowy figure, and began shooting. She did many things wrong, and ignored her training. She should’ve called out to the intruder, told him to put his hands up and don’t move, and left the apartment and waited outside until backup arrived. Instead she panicked and did something she can’t take back. She’ll have to live with that for the rest of her life.
She certainly has no business being a cop, but I’m not convinced this is murder. Seems like to murder someone you have to have a motive, and I failed to see a motive during this trial. She was completely in the wrong and she should pay the price for taking a life. But to me murder is for people who are angry, or motivated by money, and specifically try to kill someone. Is it murder if a distracted driver kills someone? Seems like a slippery slope.
On the other hand, if I was minding my own business in my house and someone walked into it and started shooting me, I’d be pissed.
Anyway, I figured I’d leave this one open for discussion and put up a little poll question.
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