I, like most of you, saw this story last week on the News. I chose not to write about it because I felt that Miss Guyger needed some space in order to tell the truth. She’d made a horrible error in judgment and was trying to figure out whether or not to tell the truth.
From everything I’ve read and seen on TV, Miss Guyger thought she was going to be a hero that night and ended up being a zero.
Miss Guyger wants us to believe that she was so exhausted from working eight hours of sitting in her patrol car that she drove home in a daze, parked on the wrong floor, and that either all the lights were out in the parking garage or there were no signs in the garage indicating on what level she’d parked. And then, she made her way to the exit that was also not marked. She pushed open the exit door and found herself in a pitch black hallway, (although the video of her pacing back and forth in that same hallway show that the lights were on) found her way to what she thought was her apartment. And there she found that the alleged burglar had left a nice red rug by her door. That alone, should have tipped her off that she was in the wrong place.
But she chose to ignore that. Most of us, civilians, would have backed up and taken a look at the number on the apartment door. And then left before anyone saw us. Miss Guyger ignored that also.
I think it was the open door that made Miss Guyger go into an apartment that she certainly knew by then wasn’t hers.
But who of us haven’t been on our way someplace, forgotten something, and ran back into the house or the apartment to get it. You don’t lock the door or turn on the lights because you’re only going to be in there for a minute.
Miss Guyger, seeing the open door, went in thinking she was going to arrest a burglar and be a hero. And when Botham Shem Jean, a Big Black Man, responded to her voice in his apartment, she shot him.
I think that’s what happened.
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