U.S. Senate Candidate Royce West Statement on Amber Guyger Conviction

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Vince Leibowitz, vince@dawngroup.us, 972-876-6175

DALLAS, Texas—Texas Senator Royce West released the following statement today regarding former Dallas Police Officer, Amber Guyger, being found guilty of murdering her neighbor, Botham Jean:

“First and foremost, I want to send my prayers to the Jean family, and commend them on their strength and dignity during this unspeakably horrific tragedy. What the Jean family has been put through occurs all too frequently to African American families across our country,” West said.

“Amber Guyger was found guilty by a jury of her peers for the shooting death of Botham Jean. Today’s verdict was a victory, and evidence that our judiciary system will swing toward justice.

“The conviction proves that juries in Dallas county will hold police officers accountable for misconduct and excessive force. I urge the Dallas Police Department, and police departments across the country, to analyze cultures of unnecessary and deadly force, and foster an environment that prioritizes deescalation tactics.

“Again though, this case was about a young man, a family lost their son. We all mourn with the Jean family and stand strong as a community who will not allow our neighbors to be prematurely taken away from us.”