Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa and Vice Chair Dr. Carla Brailey issued the following statement:
“Botham Jean should be alive today.
“Convicting Amber Guyger of murder is a step towards justice for Botham Jean and his family. There is never anything that can heal the wound of a life lost too soon but justice is a step in the right direction.
“On behalf of the Texas Democratic Party, we want to offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Botham Jean — his mother Allison, his father Bertram, his sister Alissa, and his brother Brandt. We keep them in our thoughts. Today’s verdict will hopefully give them the closure that they’re owed after this terrible, senseless tragedy.
“Racism is all too prevalent in America and it must be defeated. Texas Democrats long for the day when we are not surprised by justice. Texans deserve a criminal justice system that is fair and treats people equally under the law. Today is a step forward.