Tammy Kemp, the Dallas judge who hugged the convicted Amber Guyger, has spoken. Tammy received criticisms about the hug and the Bible that he gave to the former cop.
Members of the African American community are angry because they feel that the court decision is unjust. They think Amber will receive more than a decade of jail time if she’s black.
Tammy explained that her actions were necessary. She embraced Amber only after the completion of the official proceedings. The judge said, “I’m surprised that people think that hug was somehow detrimental. Had you witnessed a person who was hurting as Miss Guyger was, I don’t know a person who would have denied her that human contact.”
Some civil liberty advocates like the Freedom From Religion Foundation are mad about the judge because she gave a Bible to Amber. Tammy said, “And she asked me if I thought her life could still have a purpose. And I said absolutely.”
Tammy said she gave her personal Bible and motivated Amber to read it when she learned the former cop doesn’t know what to do with her life now that she’ll go to prison.
The judge said, “And then she requested of me, a hug. And, I’m embarrassed to say, I didn’t say yes right away. She asked me a second time, and between those asks, I was reminded about my responsibility to show love and compassion.”
In spite of the criticisms, Tammy is receiving a lot of support. Dallas’s former prosecutor, Craig Watkins, and First Liberty Institute’s general counsel, Hiram Sasser, support the actions of the judge. Hiram said, “We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”
Those who read the news on social media are also in awe of Tammy. People feel that the judge’s behavior after the legal proceedings is noble and human, and we need more of that these days.