The murder judge of Amber Geiger, a former Dallas police officer sentenced to 10 years for the fatal shooting of her neighbor, caused an uproar Wednesday as she hugged the convicted killer after sentencing.
Although some praised the move as a demonstration of religious belief, others – including former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill – criticized the judge's actions as "unacceptable."
Geiger, a four-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was released and charged with murder after she entered Bethham Jin's apartment on September 6, 2018, thinking it was his own, and shot him twice, killing him. She was charged with murder two months later.
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After sentencing on Wednesday, Judge Tammie Kemp comforted Gina's family, then spoke briefly with Geiger and left the room. Soon, the judge returned with the Bible, according to Dallas-based WFAA-TV.
"You just need the tiny mustard seed of faith. You start with this," she said, giving the Bible to Geiger.
Then Camp and Geiger hugged. The embrace came after the brother of the victim of the murder of Botheham Jean made a similar gesture to Geiger.
"You have not done so much that you have not been forgiven," Judge Geiger said, WFAA reports. "You did something wrong in an instant. What You Do Now Matters. "
Protesters and some on social networks have denied both the sentencing and the hugging of Camp Geiger.
" [T] his judge, who decided to hug this woman, was unacceptable. " "Keep in mind that this convicted murderer is the one who laughed at the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and the killing of people in the eyes." The courtroom was tearful earlier when Brother Jean hugged Geiger said, "I don't even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you, because I know that's what Botham wants. "
Fox News & # 39; Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.