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Amber Guyger trial highlighted why Dallas communities of color often distrust law enforcement

Hours after the former Dallas police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing Botham Jean, the city's top cop vowed to launch an internal investigation into police behavior exposed at trial.

Members of Botham Jean’s family rejoice in the courtroom after former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder by a 12-person jury in the 204th District Court at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas on Oct. 1, 2019.
Botham Jean’s mother, Allison Jean, rejoices in the courtroom after former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was found guilty of murder by a 12-person jury in the 204th District Court at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas on U.S. Oct. 1, 2019.

A history of violence, distrust

With her new Bible in hand, former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger leaves the 204th District Court for jail after receiving a hug from Botham Jean's brother Brandt Jean at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas on Oct. 2, 2019.

A department under stress

Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall is interviewed by Krys Boyd, host and managing editor of KERA’s “Think,” at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 23, 2017.

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