Botham Jean's Brother Says Murdered Sibling Would Have Supported Courtroom Hug: 'She is a Human Being, She Still Deserves Love'

The brother of Botham Jean has said the 26-year-old would have supported his decision to hug the police officer who fatally shot him in his apartment.

Brandt Jean told Good Morning America that his brother Botham would have been "for it" when asked about his decision to hug Amber Guyger on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old also said "everyone had steps towards actually forgiving" and recognised that he "probably went through this faster" than other people in an interview with the ABC show released today.

His comments come two days after he hugged former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger in court as she was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for the murder of his brother Botham.

Guyger shot Botham dead in his apartment on the evening of September 6, 2018 as he sat on his couch eating ice cream. The police officer claimed she mistook his apartment for her own and believed he was an intruder, shooting him twice.

When she received her sentence this week, Brandt delivered a statement to court saying he forgave her if she was truly sorry for her actions.

.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Botham Jean’s brother talks powerful courtroom embrace. “I honestly think he was for it, nothing else.”

— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 4, 2019

"I love you just like anyone else and I'm not gonna say I hope you rot and die, just like my brother did, but I personally want the best for you," he said, noting that he was not speaking for his whole family.

The judge then allowed him to hug Guyger after Brandt asked for permission.

Speaking to Good Morning America about his hug with Guyger in court, Brandt Jean said: "I honestly think he was for it. Nothing else."

When anchor Michael Strahan asked Brandt what he would say to people not ready to forgive Guyger for the killing, he replied: "Each and everyone has steps towards actually forgiving. I probably went through this faster than other people. Some people went through it faster than me.

"If you are trying to forgive her, understand that she is a human being. She still deserves love. She made a mistake that she probably truly regrets.

"If you want to forgive her, just understand that God forgave you," he added. "And I know that every time I ask God for forgiveness, he forgives me. So who am I not to forgive someone who asks?"

Brandt later said he was grateful to hear the words "I'm sorry" after a year of waiting.

In the wake of the emotional courtroom scene, the word "forgiveness" started to trend on Twitter as people were split over Brandt's decision.

The writer Frederick Joseph said the act continued a "terrible precedent of Black people not holding white people accountable" and said Brandt "further bailed Amber Guyger out after the judicial system already did that for her."