Family of Dallas cop, who shot and killed black neighbor, says: 'We aren't racist', after controversial pics emerge
Amber Guyger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, has been accused of killing 26-year-old Botham Jean inside his apartment.
The family of the Dallas cop, Amber Guyger, who shot and killed her black neighbor who was in his own house on Tuesday said that they were not racist after being accused of racism by several social media users.
Guyger, who is a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, has been accused of killing 26-year-old Botham Jean inside his apartment. The officer had said that she fired the shots thinking that he was inside her apartment; after confusing, it has her own. Guyger has been charged with manslaughter and reports state that further charges could also be pressed against her.
Amber Guyger’s brother-in-law, Noe Garza, came forward on Tuesday in an attempt to do damage control after pictures of the family were shared on social media, showing him and other members of the family making hand gestures, depicted by many as "white power" symbols.
Garza, however, said that the pictures were not racist and that those gestures were meant to be "silly and fun," according to the New York Post.
As a wise man once said.... They are who we thought they were pic.twitter.com/IhvH9N0C4O— Freakonaut (@FREAK0NAUT) September 10, 2018
Garza, while speaking to the Dallas Morning News, said: "None of these are racist photos. I am not racist.”
"I don’t care about your nationality. I don’t care about the color of your skin. We all bleed red," he said, adding that his side of the family was from a Mexican descent.
One of the pictures circulating on social media shows Garza at a Joe's Crab Shack with other family members in 2016, where he can be seen making a hand signal, which some believed are generally used by white supremacists.
Garza, however, defended himself by insisting that he was just making a “6” and “9” symbol to represent the age of his father-in-law as it was his birthday and they were out celebrating.
“It’s was his 69th birthday, so it was a 69,” Garza said, adding “That’s all it was. [I hate] the fact that I have to prove I’m not racist."
Another picture shows the Dallas officer standing beside her mother, wearing an "All Lives Matter" t-shirt, which many say is a diss against the Black Lives Matter movement, according to reports.