Reporters at the ABC affiliated television station WFAA says when its reporters picked some of the top stories of 2019, they agreed that one moment stood out.
It was easy to embrace the hug between Brandt Jean and Amber Guyger as the moment of 2019, the television affiliate said.
Guyger was in October last year sentenced to ten years in jail for killing Brandt’s older brother, Botham, in September 2018.
It was a high profile trial of the former Dallas cop who claimed that she believed Botham’s apartment was hers and he was an intruder when she shot the unarmed 26 year old Saint Lucian national in his own home.
In a dramatic twist, Brandt Jean told the fired police officer in open court that he forgave her for killing his sibling.
He then asked permission from the trial Judge, walked towards the defence table where Guyger sat, and when she rushed towards him the two engaged in a tight embrace.
The moment went viral around the world, evoking both commendation and condemnation