Brandt Jean forgave Amber Guyger, the former cop who accidentally fired a gun and killed his brother. He even asked the judge if he could hug the convict and the judge granted his request. The photograph that shows the compassionate hug quickly went viral around the world, but there is something more about this story.
According to news reports, the state district judge Tammy Kemp gave a Bible to Amber Guyger. She also read John 3:16 to Amber, who’ll serve time in prison, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” Not only that, the judge hugged Amber as well on her way out of the courtroom. Apparently, this incident has sparked the concern of some liberal groups.
The New York Times reported that the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRR) filed a judicial misconduct complaint against the judge and the government agency of the Lone Star State.
The headquarters of the atheist group is in Madison, Wisconsin. The organization believes Tammy is not ethical when she only sentenced Amber for only ten years of jail time. They think if it’s a black person who gunned Botham Jean, the sentence would be longer or worst.
There’s no response from the judge. But her former employer, Craig Watkins, who’s a former prosecutor in Dallas, said that the Lord guides Tammy, and he thinks the action of the judge is proper and ethical.
Hiram Sasser, First Liberty Institute’s general counsel, responded to the complaint of FFRF, and he said, “FFRF is protesting Judge Kemp rather than joining the rest of the nation celebrating the compassion and mercy Judge Kemp demonstrated. We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions, and we stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”