Judge in the murder trial of Amber Geiger, a former Dallas police officer sentenced to 10 years for fatally shooting her neighbor, caused an uproar Wednesday when he hugged the convicted killer after sentencing.
While some praised the move as a demonstration of religious belief, others – including former ESPN anchor Gemele Hill – criticized the judge's actions as "unacceptable."
Geiger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was fired and charged with murder after she entered the Botham Jean apartment on September 6, 2018, thinking he was his own and shot him twice, killing him. She was charged with murder two months later.
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Following Wednesday's sentencing, Judge Tami Kemp comforted Jean's family, then spoke briefly with Geiger and left the room. The judge returned with the Bible soon, reports WFAA-TV from Dallas.
"You just need some little mustard seed. Start with that, ”she said, handing the Geiger Bible.
Then Kemp and Geiger hugged. The hug came after the brother of the victim of the murder of Botham Jean made a similar gesture to Geiger.
"You have not done so much that you cannot be forgiven," Judge Geiger said, according to WFAA. “You did something wrong at one point in time. What you do now matters.
Protesters and some of the social media have rejected the sentence and the hug of Camp Geiger.
"[T] his judge choosing to hug this woman is unacceptable," writes Atlantic colonist Jamel Hill. Twitter. "Keep in mind that this convicted murderer is the same one who laughed at the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the murder of ppl on the look."
Click here for ALL NEW FOXBUSINESS.COM  The courtroom was tearful earlier when Jean's brother hugged Geiger and said, "I don't even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you, because I know that's exactly what Botham wants. ”
Fonda News & # 39; Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.