Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Saint Lucian Arrested In Dallas Protest After Amber Guyger Jail Sentence

A woman described as an immigrant from Saint Lucia was arrested Wednesday in Dallas, Texas, following a protest after the murder trial of former cop, Amber Guyger.

CBSDWF identified the woman as Safiya Paul.

She was arrested for obstruction of a highway or passageway and released from jail on a $500 bond, the US news channel said.

According to reports, protesters on Wednesday evening took to downtown Dallas after Amber Guyger received a ten year jail sentence for the fatal shooting of Saint Lucian national, Botham Jean.

The unarmed twenty six year old was killed in his own apartment in September last year.

Amber Guyger, then an off duty Dallas police officer, claimed she mistook the young Saint Lucian’s apartment for hers.

They lived on separate floors of the same apartment complex.

Police said protesters had blocked traffic at the intersection of Riverfront and Commerce  after Amber Guyger was sentenced and that officers gave warnings to clear the roadway.

The Dallas Morning News had reported earlier that Safiya Paul had been in the courtroom when the verdict was read to Amber Guyger.

The newspaper carried a photo of Paul, draped in a Saint Lucia flag, and another woman embracing.

But the most striking image from the high profile case was when Botham Jean’s younger brother, Brandt, gave an impact statement where he extended forgiveness to the woman who killed his sibling and embraced her.

The gesture has evoked mixed reactions here in Saint Lucia, attracting both praise and criticism.

Social media has been abuzz with various opinions; some upholding the Christian virtue of forgiveness  and lauding the young Jean for reaching out, while others wondered whether had the tables been turned and Borham Jean had killed Amber Guyger, her family would have embraced the Jeans.

 

 

24 COMMENTS

  1. THE HEART OF THE LORD IS MERCY. FORGIVENESS COMES BEFORE SENTENCES,REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE DONE. YES JUSTICE IS SERVED.

  2. What’s wrong with the guy hugging the girl and forgiving her for what she has done God said to forgive

  3. Mr. Brandt did the christian thing, and I support what he did 100%. If the tables were turned, the same may not have taken place, but that would have been between them and God. the young man showed lots of courage to not only forgive the young lady, but to go a step further and embrace her. Now Mr. Brandt’s blessings will flow like the river of Jordan. Forgiving is extremely hard to do, but the young man was strong in Christ enough to hold himself up, even to be ridiculed.

  4. All this is hard for manny of us,I personally think that Bothans life is worth much more than ten years.And any life cant have the price of ten years when we all know that ten years will come down to six in reality.Its not fair,I would not accept this if it would have happened to my family.

  5. If the tables were turned. No they won’t have embraced him.. And he would be get life imprisonment or the needle.

  6. It seems to me only the mum handles this as one with the right sense of balance. She is a true heroine. The father and brother seem to be drunk on a potion of holier-than-thou Christian sentiment, leap-frogging each other in a crazy stampede to show forgiveness. It seemed properly christian to forgive; but is all this fervent embracing of the murderess whose text messages revealed that she self identified as racist. He even added for good measure that he didn’t want her to go to jail!!!And to add insult to injury the daddy says he wants to be her friend. Well well..guess who’d coming to dinner

  7. Yall idiots……go to America and shoot an unarmed innocent white person and see yall state.

    • See if the white man will come and hug u and play forgiveness. D same people that teach yall to forgive when they got 9/11 did they forgive? No!! They kill about 900,000 +

    • The Lord says to forgive and;If, the younger brother has a forgiving heart, who are we to judge? Yes I understand that it would have been different, if it was the other way around, but we have to accept the situation. Now for this young lady who got arrested and charged, it’s time for you to reflect on your actions. The cheese stands alone, you should have realized that the brother washed his hands off the situation for you not to act. I would have supported you, if it was for something else, but not an act of stupidity. My honest opinion, you should be jailed and deported after, then you would come the realization that you should think before you act. Now don’t be surprised if (ICE), comes for you after you’ve been convicted.

  8. I listened to the entire 911 tape. I believe the number times she repeated I thought I was in my apartment, though bizarre, satisfies me that the killing, though quite tragic, was not intentional. She did not want him to die.

    Yet she is responsible for his death. It was a very delicate balancing act even for racist Texas. I respect and appreciate those who protest and all the other glaring cases. But on this one, I’d let it rest and celebrate the forgivers regardless of the forgiven. To me that’s the ultimate expression of faith.

  9. That case is jus stupid n fake he jus right off his parents jeep that boy did that for fame chpx dump case

    • I agree. Its all God and none of our selfish, wicked heart. Which one of us could stand up justified before a Holy God, had it not been for His GRACE and FORGIVENESS. Well that is what the Christian religion teaches: none of us deserves pardon, for we “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and since “the wages if sin is death” we all should die for iur sins; but you know what, because God loves us so much, he had His Son die in our place. The Scripture says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (NET).

      Was God foolish to do that or is this tfe supreme act of Love. It is grossly unfare and unloving to describe the young man’s action as stupid, ill-imformed or wrong, in my mind and in the light of Scripture, it is “heavenly. ” It is what Christ did and what He commanded His followers to do. 1 John 3:18
      “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

  10. The Lord says to forgive and;If, the younger brother has a forgiving heart, who are we to judge? Yes I understand that it would have been different, if it was the other way around, but we have to accept the situation. Now for this young lady who got arrested and charged, it’s time for you to reflect on your actions. The cheese stands alone, you should have realized that the brother washed his hands off the situation for you not to act. I would have supported you, if it was for something else, but not an act of stupidity. My honest opinion, you should be jailed and deported after, then you would come the realization that you should think before you act. Now don’t be surprised if (ICE), comes for you after you’ve been convicted.

  11. She’s an idiot. Lock her up. Not even a US citizen and you causing trouble with the rest of the monkies in the street. The things people do for attention is crazy.

  12. Lol lol some people dont think and their motivation is questionable. Safia seriously??? That’s all your brain matter? Another non focused individual. No wisdom

  13. Leave the young man alone …clearly he felt that he needed to do this. I watched the video and it appeared that the young man was genuine.
    We can not try to get into the minds of others. As my grandmother would say don’t concern yourself with what others are doing …just do the right thing.
    He showed mercy and compassion ..nothing done or undone ..said or not said could bring his brother back. God bless him for showing mercy…..
    Perhaps some of the millions who were watching could be helped by his act of
    compassion and kindness.

    You don’t have to believe fire 🔥 burns ..but guess what it does.
    Also you don’t have to believe that we are all part of the human race …guess what we are.
    Anyone who believes that he or she is better or greater than another individual on planet earth based on skin color, geographic location, wealth or whatever is merely a FOOL.

  14. Those who have already died according to the Holy Scriptures are call to God Almighty to avenge their from the killers that murdered them. It is Written thou shall not kill. We have to obey and live by the Words of the ALMIGHT FOR HE IS THE ONE WHO GIVES LIFE NOT MAN. THEREFORE NI ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE ANOTHER MAN’S LIFE. ONCE AGAIN WHETHER WE FORGIVE OR DON’T FORGIVE THIS MATTER IS IN THE HAND OF THE ALMIGHTY. HE IS THE GREAT JUDGE.

  15. I agree 100% with Bryant he did what christ ask of us to do FORGIVE one another ….christ set that example when he was being crucified ask his father to FORGIVE those who crucified him….BRYANT I AM VERY PROUD OF U AND WHAT I DID …this is Christianity

  16. every body talking the brother doing that for show all kinda mashee..u can see st lucians and those commenting here really not forgiving…what if botham was shot and had been alive and said he dont want her to go to jail…i think a lot of people woulda stick their toes in their mouth…i believe the brother was acting on what he thinks botham would have done or said…looking at botham’s videos and all i believe botham if he were alive would have been very forgiving…please ppl do not criticize another person will to forgive…the situation was sad indeed…to me extremely..living can be hard…let us take this as an example that anything in life can happen…why would i want to hold bitterness for ten 20 30 40 years on a person? let us find closure in all this..we must..

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