The brother of a man slain in his own home by a former Dallas police officer stunned the courtroom as he asked permission to hug the woman, forgiving her and telling her to “give your life to Christ.”
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
In another example of how God uses tragic situations to bring people to Christ, Brandt Jean, the brother of the slain man, perfectly demonstrated the kind of love taught by Jesus Christ in one of the most remarkable examples of the teachings of Christianity.
It is a perfect and shining example of the teachings in Bible verses about forgiveness. It’s a lesson for all of us and a standard we all should seek to achieve as followers of Jesus Christ.
The story made headlines around the world: A Dallas police officer shot and killed a man in his own home, claiming that she mistakenly thought she was in her own apartment and the man was an intruder.
Botham Jean, a 26-year-old unarmed black man who was eating ice cream in his own apartment, was shot and killed by then-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, 31, who claims she thought she was in her own apartment and that he was an intruder.
Jean was a Harding University graduate and a member of the Dallas West Church of Christ.
This week, a jury found Guyger guilty of murder and she faced a sentence between 5 to 99 years.
On Wednesday, the jury sentenced her to 10 years in prison.
“But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
– Matthew 6:15
After her sentencing, the brother of the slain man spoke out court.
“If you truly are sorry—I know I can speak for myself—I forgive you,” Brandt Jean said in the courtroom.
“I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family or anyone, but I don’t even want you to go to jail,” Brandt continued. “I want the best for you, because I know that’s what Botham would want…and the best would be to give your life to Christ. I love you as a person, and I don’t wish anything bad on you.”
Brandt then turned to Judge Tammy Kemp and asked, “I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug? Please?”
“Yes,” Judge Kemp said.
Brandt Jean then approached Guyger and the pair embraced in a long, emotional hug. They appeared two briefly speak to each other as they embraced.
In another surprising moment, at the end of the sentencing Judge Tammy Kemp also hugged Amber Guyger before addressing the Jean family.
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”
– Proverbs 10:12
When the crowd outside first received the news that Guyger would serve ten years in prison, they became angry and protested, apparently feeling the sentence was too lenient.
However, reporters who were outside the courtroom say that when they heard the words that Brandt Jean had spoken, and when he and Guyger embraced, it seemed to change the mood of the crowd.