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Minster Sammy Berry stands at the podium in Dallas West Church of Christ.
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The recent Black Lives Matter protests across the world have sparked conversations about racism and police brutality at a historic West Dallas church.

"What George Floyd did was remind me that we still have a problem in this country that has not been addressed," said Sammie Berry, a minister at Dallas West Church of Christ.

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot
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A contempt of court charge has been dropped against the Dallas County district attorney over a television interview he gave on the eve of a high-profile murder trial involving a police officer.

Fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger becomes emotional as she testifies in her murder trial in Dallas in September.
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A federal judge has ruled the city of Dallas is not liable for an off-duty police officer fatally shooting a man in his own apartment last year.

Brandt Jean hugs Amber Guyger after her sentencing.
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The brother of a man killed by a Dallas police officer has accepted an award from a law enforcement organization for hugging the officer after she was convicted of murder.

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The uneasy relationship between Dallas’ police force and some of its residents was on display this week, and a talk Thursday at the Dallas Holocaust Museum sought to make sense of recent events.  

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The Dallas community is stunned and searching for answers following the shooting death of a 28-year-old man who delivered key testimony in the trial of Amber Guyger, a former police officer. Guyger was convicted of murder and sentenced to a 10-year prison sentence in the slaying of her upstairs neighbor at the apartment complex where all three lived.

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The judge who gave a hug and Bible to a former Dallas police officer after she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing her neighbor said Monday that she watched the woman change during her trial and wants her to live a purposeful life.

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A man who was fatally shot has been identified as a key witness in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who killed her black neighbor, Dallas police said Sunday.

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The questioning dragged on all day and into the evening as lawyers queried hundreds of prospective jurors for potential bias in the trial of Amber Guyger, the white Dallas police officer who fatally shot a black neighbor in his own living room.

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Brandt Jean's extraordinary response to a convicted murderer — he hugged Amber Guyger as she was sentenced for killing his brother, Botham Jean — has provoked an array of reactions, from admiration to frustration. It has also deepened a national debate over regulating police use of force.

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Botham Jean's mother says the fight for justice isn't over. That's after her son's killer -- Amber Guyger -- was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

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A white Dallas police officer who said she mistook a neighbor’s apartment for her own and fatally shot him in his living room was sentenced to a decade in prison in a stunning courtroom scene that included the dead man’s brother and the black judge embracing the sobbing officer.

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“No justice! No peace!”

The familiar chant was prompted by what protesters saw as a sentence too light for the murder of an innocent black man in his own apartment.

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Botham Jean organized church mission trips. He installed Skype for elderly parents who missed their kids. One time he met a stranger who shared his mom’s birthday, so the bighearted 6-foot-1 choir singer got the woman a cake.

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The brother of a black man who was killed by a white Dallas police officer in his own home has forgiven and hugged her in the courtroom where she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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A white former Dallas police officer who shot her black unarmed neighbor to death after, she said, mistaking his apartment for her own was convicted of murder Tuesday in a verdict that prompted tears of relief from his family and chants of "Black Lives Matter" from a crowd outside the courtroom.

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A jury has resumed deliberations in the murder trial of a former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her neighbor in his apartment.

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A prosecutor on Monday dismissed as garbage a former Dallas police officer's claim that she believed she was in her own apartment when she fatally shot a neighbor in his home.

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A Dallas police officer broke her silence Friday about the night she killed a young accountant who lived in the apartment right above her, telling jurors that she has to live with the guilt every day and that she wished their roles were reversed.

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Prosecutors have rested their case in the murder trial of a white former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her unarmed black neighbor.

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The lead investigator in a white Dallas police officer's fatal shooting of a black neighbor in the man's home says he doesn't think the officer committed a crime.

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A Dallas police detective says an officer who fatally shot her neighbor in his home last year had no drugs or alcohol in her system at the time.

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The murder trial of Amber Guyger gets underway today in Dallas. She’s the Dallas police officer who shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean while he was in his own apartment.

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Jury selection resumed Friday in the murder trial of a white former Dallas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black neighbor inside his own apartment, in a case that that sparked fierce debate over race, politics and policing.

Jury selection is set to begin Friday for the white former Dallas police officer who shot and killed her unarmed black neighbor in his apartment last year. Amber Guyger said she entered the apartment by mistake and thought 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean was a burglar.

File photo provided by the Mesquite Police Department of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, taken Friday, Nov. 30, 2018.
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The former Dallas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in his own home told a 911 dispatcher "I thought it was my apartment" nearly 20 times as she waited for emergency responders to arrive, according to a 911 recording obtained by TV station WFAA.

Demonstrators march around AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 16, 2018, to protest the killing of two black men by police: Botham Jean and O'Shae Terry.
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Prosecutors have dismissed at least nine cases that were investigated by former white Dallas police officer  Amber Guyger, who has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of Botham Jean, an unarmed black man, in his own apartment, according to court records.

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A former Dallas police officer who fatally shot her upstairs neighbor in his apartment in September will be tried for murder.

Brandt Jean, Botham Jean's brother, center left, hugs Allisa Charles-Findley at a news conference in Dallas on Sept. 10, 2018. They're joined by Jean's mother, Allison Jean, left, and attorney Benjamin Crump.
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The indictment of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on a murder charge in the killing of an unarmed black neighbor marks the latest development in a national conversation on issues of law enforcement and race.

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