First, Botham Jean was killed by a white female police officer in his own home. He was eating ice cream. He wasn't a threat to anyone. Suddenly, under the notion that she was in the wrong apartment, Amber Guyger shot him to death. She said she feared for her life; claimed he was an intruder in her home since their apartments in which they lived mirrored each other from floor to floor.
Now, Atatiana Jefferson is dead. She, too, was killed by a white police officer. This time, male. In her own home. She was playing video games with her 8-year old nephew. She wasn't a threat to anyone.
There are a number of things the two of these young people had in common. Both were professionals in their respective fields with promising futures to excel--one an accountant; the other, a medical salesperson.
They were both black. They were both killed in their homes. Neither was a criminal. What could justify killing Botham and Atatiana? Absolutely nothing. Nevertheless, I don't believe that their murders had anything to do with race, but more to do with perspectives and experiences, or lack thereof, by white cops who don't know the cultural habits of people of color. Had the white officer known that people of color open their doors when it's nice outside, maybe he would have approached the home less defensively. Who knows...
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