After Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder, lawyers for Botham Jean’s family spoke outside the courtroom.
S. Lee Merritt called the rare murder conviction against a police officer a “huge victory” not only for the victim’s family but also “for black people in America.”
“It’s a signal that the tide is going to change here,” he told reporters. “Police officers are going to be held accountable for their actions and we believe that will begin to change policing culture all over the world.”
Another family attorney, Benjamin Crump, cited the names of numerous unarmed African-Americans who have died at the hands of police.
“For so many unarmed black and brown human beings all across America, this verdict is for them,” he said.
What happens now: The case heads into its sentencing phase. Guyger, 31, now faces up to life in prison.