- Brandt Jean, aged 18, has been honoured with the 2019 Ethical Courage Award from the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration
- His brother, Botham Jean, was shot by a police officer, Amber Guyer, in his flat on Sunday, September 2, 2018
- The teenager used the opportunity of the award to school the police force on the need for adequate training of their officers
Brandt Jean, aged 18, has received the 2019 Ethical Courage Award from the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration for forgiving the police officer, Amber Guyger, who murdered his brother.
Dallas News reports that the teenager melted hearts and moved people to tears when he hugged the killer of his brother, Botham Jean, after she was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
At the award ceremony, the teenager used the opportunity of the award to educate the police force on the need to do better in enforcing the law.
“I want you all to know that I am not a threat, that young black males are not inherently dangerous or criminal.
“I implore you to champion policies and procedures that amplify the value of all lives. I insist that you encourage diverse leadership that can model inclusion and restraint,” he said.
He told the police to remember the death of his brother and ask themselves if there are measures they are putting in place to stop it from recurring.
“Most importantly, I ask that you remember my brother. And when you remember him, I want you to ask yourself what are you doing to ensure there will be no other families like mine - no other little brothers that have to model ethical leadership in forgiveness of a cop whose lack of training and discipline caused them to carelessly take the life of another,” he said.
It should be noted that Botham was shot on Sunday, September 2, 2018, in his apartment at South Side Flats.
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Jean said he was in a struggle to accept the award or not because he believes the ill-training of the officer led to the death of his brother.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that three men, Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins, and Andrew Stewart, who have spent 36 years in prison for a crime they did not commit were exonerated and released.
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