A moment’s comment can live on forever, and humor is awfully hard to detect in straight text. That’s why as trainers and moderators we remind folks to think about what they post and keep the context of self-defense and shooting-to-stop-the-threat in mind both when they train and when they write or talk. It’s not just for right action in the moment when someone needs to protect their own life or the life of other innocents… but for all the time that comes after.
Amber Guyger - the Dallas officer who accidentally entered someone else’s apartment, then shot the resident to death, will have her sentence determined in part by her own words.
Jurors, who are deciding Guyger’s punishment, were shown three Pinterest posts that Guyger had saved to her account and commented on. They included the picture of a military sniper with text that read: “Stay low, go fast; kill first, die last; one shot, one kill; no luck, all skill.”
In another Pinterest post, Guyger commented under a picture of a Minion from the movie “Despicable Me”: “People are so ungrateful. No one ever thanks me for having the patience not to kill them,” the comment read.
I think this may not go well for her, in terms of sentencing. It already went as bad as it gets for Botham Jean, the man she shot. Perhaps if she’d had clearer thinking with better context in advance it would have changed the outcome for both of them.
and just in case you wondered: “Hoist with his own petard” is from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet… petard is a small explosive device, and it means literally that the bomb-maker is hoisted off the ground by the explosion of his own bomb. Figuratively, that’s poetic justice or an ironic reversal.