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Joshua Brown, Amber Guyger, Botham Jean

Published 10/06/2019 | Reading Time 1 min 25 sec 

By Nehemiah D. Frank 

The fallout of Amber Guyger’s inhuman actions seemingly leads to another modern-day lynching of a black human being in America.

Although the form of it has changed, lynchings continue to be used as a means to intimidate and try to control black Americans.

Guyger is the former Dallas police officer and convicted murderer of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old black man who was her neighbor.

28-a-year-old Joshua Brown, who lived across the hall from Botham Jean and was a key witness to his murder, was found fatally shot with several bullet wounds in his back and thigh on Friday evening in the parking lot of his Dallas apartment. His assailant is currently unknown.

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Dallas police said, “The complainant was found lying on the ground in the apartment parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds. Dallas Fire-Rescue responded and transported the complainant to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Several witnesses heard several gunshots and observed a silver four-door sedan leaving the parking lot at a high rate of speed.”

“His murder underscores the reality of the black experience in America. A former athlete turned entrepreneur — Brown lived in constant fear that he could be the next victim of gun violence, either state-sanctioned or otherwise. Brown deserves the same justice he sought to ensure the Jean family,” Lee Merritt, the Jean family attorney, said.


Joshua Brown

Perhaps Brown’s killers wanted to send a message of intimidation to Black America that death is the price to be paid for black Americans who testify against white police officers.

The truth is America may never know the motivation behind Brown’s murderer; however, if Brown’s assailant is white, I’ll bet it has something to do with the fact that Guyger, a white woman and possibility the first white police to be convicted of killing a black person, was convicted.

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Perchance white supremacy felt compelled to send a loud, public message of fear to black America that white supremacy isn’t to be trifled with.

Nevertheless, the facts remain that two black men have been murdered, and Amber Guyger only received a 10-year prison sentence with the possibility of parole in five.

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