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You're listening to Comedy Central now. If you've been keeping up the news, you've probably seen the story coming out of Texas that's that's blown up and it's been taking place for a while. It's been the trial of the police officer, Amber Geiger.


Have you saw that the police officer who said she accidentally walked into a man's apartment in her building and then she thought that he was the intruder and she shot him dead? And I remember when the story happened, it was a wild story of the bat. It was because it was already crazy. Like you walk into a wrong apartment and you shot the person. What were you doing? What you know? And so the trial has been going on. And the first thing that was there was a little weird for me was the judge allowed the defense to use what they called the castle doctrine in America.


So they said they would allow the defense that she was protecting herself because she thought it was her house, which already was weird to me because I like the castle doctrine. It is like a very strict law in America. But but I mean, I get it fundamentally, if you in your house, you can do whatever you need to protect yourself. But this is interesting with the judge. Like, no, you can allow the defense that you thought you were in your house.


So you shot somebody in their house and they I just like. But that's but it's not your house because then you can just think you in your house anyway. So that was weird and, you know, I was worried, I honestly was worried this was going to be another one of those cases in America where justice didn't get served because it seemed like a fairly black and white, excuse the pun case. And then the verdict was handed down. Then the jury did find her guilty.


But what has followed since has been a really interesting story. And we actually we actually have a clip. It's it's a really complicated story. But this is this is basically what went down.


The white former Dallas police officer convicted of murdering her black neighbor has learned her fate. Yesterday, Amberger was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the murder of both wrong.


But it was what John's brother did after the sentencing that brought the court to a standstill.


Connecticut police, 18 year old brand John forgave Amberger, who'd just been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing his older brother, both. At the end of the hearing, Judge Tammy Kent gave a Bible to Geiger and embraced her as well.


Amber Geiger will be eligible for parole in five years. Some outside the courtroom thought the sentence was too lenient. So that's basically the the story as it stands. And it's interesting because like I said with this with the story and I talk to my friends about it, and it's so funny how many, you know, like how many complicated feelings they are in and around it. First and foremost, a thousand kudo's. And just like honestly, I admire the compassion of the gene family.


At the same time, though, I understood why so many people were angered by that moment, because this thing has really blown up online. People saying like they were angry that she was getting hugs from the judge and they were angry that she was getting hugs from the family. And some people, like a lot of people, are fighting about this right now because they like, why were they hugging her? She murdered a man. Why she getting hugs?


And the other side is that. Yes, but they're forgiving her. She still goes to jail. But it's about forgiveness. And I just I sat with that and I've conflicting feelings. But but I think I understand what is happening in so many different ways with how people are looking at the story. On the one one hand, you can't deny that people feel like 10 years. Five actually is not a lot of time to be given for taking another human being's life, especially if you found guilty of murder.


You know what I mean? Like there's people in jail in America for doing far lesser crimes, you know, whether they've been charged with, like drug trafficking, where they just had a certain amount of drugs and they were assumed to be drug traffickers or people where they said it was violent crimes and it was assault. But they're spending more time in jail. And then this seems like another case of the system, preferring a certain type of person who looks a certain type of way, who fits a certain type of narrative.


Ten years, five years. I get why people are angry. I get why people also like this is another case of like white women TIAs doing their magic, you know, because like that's I mean, you know, the myth is like white women is just like anything like traffic stops and white woman cries and people are like, all right.


Yeah. Yeah, and it's true, like it's a joke, but it's true at the same time, it's like white women throughout history have been very good at, like stepping away from, like, the thing just with their tears, you know, with bit like you. Everyone looks at the Klan. Everyone forgets that the wives of the Klan, you know, I mean, people like those Klan and then like the wives can sometimes be like, oh, I didn't know I born.


It's like you helped him put the sheet on every night. I thought he just liked Halloween, I'm sure. And that's what a lot of people feel like in these instances.


They feel like like those white tears are really felt, whereas the tears of many other people, people of different races, people of other genders on felt as much. And. And I think that, like all of it stems from the conversations in and around race in America, you can't you can't avoid it. People are looking at a story of a white woman who shot a black man in his house who did nothing, is just in his house and people got angry.


And I understand why so many people are angry because they're like she doesn't deserve hugs. She deserves to lose her life the way she took a life. And I'm not speaking for everybody I know. Maybe I'm speaking for myself and some of my friends. But I feel like the anger actually comes from people feeling like that is the level of empathy everybody should receive in a court. You know, everybody should have a judge look at them like a human being.


Everybody in society should be treated with a level of compassion. They should still be punished if they've committed a crime. But we should still look at them as human beings. And yet this narrative doesn't seem to be afforded to black people in America, especially by the news, because if you look at all the news stories about this, they do paintings like they go to beautiful moments where she's hugged by everyone.


And so but it's like they don't use that same editorial when a young black child is going to jail, you know, they don't go this young black man who was recruited into a gang and and had no other choices. Look, at this point, they just go like he was sentenced and he was found guilty. And that's the story, as if that is what's expected. You know what I mean, it's almost it almost feels like if you're a black person who commits a crime and goes to jail, well, that's that's what black people do.


But if you're a white person who commits a crime and goes to just like, oh, man, what a disaster story they tell you about the human being behind the act. This story showed you the exact opposite example, this young black man doing his own thing, he got shot. They told you that he had a history with weed. The news told you that why they always tell you that this man was shot in a traffic stop. Now, he did have an assault case 10 years.


What does that have to do with this traffic stop? You know what I mean? What is the cop travelling through time to punishing him?


What does that and I think that's that's what people need to understand, is that like some of the narratives that we tell and share about what's happening in the world, so much more powerful than we actually think they are. You think it's just on the surface. But what a lot of people are seeing here is. Is a reinforcing of an idea. But I think the mistake we shouldn't make as people is that we shouldn't necessarily jump to we want people like Amagi get to spend more time in jail and the most time in jail.


I think what we should be asking is for the same level of compassion and saying, hey, I don't want anyone to spend excessive amounts of time in jail. And so the same way a white shooter has disarmed peacefully, the same way a white murderer can get a hug in a courtroom and sympathy the same way a young shooter is spoken about as a human being because he is white, you would hope that same level of compassion and empathy would be applied to black people.


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