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Judge Tammy Kemp sat down with media outlets to explain why she hugged convicted ex-cop Amber Guyger, and gave her a Bible after her murder trial ended.

The embattled judge didn't just give Guyger any Bible, she went back to her judge's chambers to retrieve her own personal Bible to give the departing killer.

Kemp was criticized by legal experts and the public after she appeared to show bias toward the former Dallas police officer who was convicted of killing 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean in his own apartment last year.

Kemp wiped away tears as she told CNN she thought it would be "rude" not to hug Guyger after she hugged Jean's family members.

She said Guyger asked her, "Do you think God will forgive me?" Kemp said yes and, Guyger added, "'Well, I don't have a Bible. I don't own a Bible, and I don't know where to start.' And I said I will get you a Bible."

“And that's when I went to retrieve my Bible and gave it to her." Kemp also said, "She did tell me she'd bring my Bible back in 10 years."

Kemp said she told Guyger, "Brandt Jean has forgiven you. Please forgive yourself, so you can have a purposeful life. And she asked me, 'Do you think my life can still have a purpose?' And I said, 'I know it can.'"

Kemp said Guyger asked for a hug twice. "I'm embarrassed to say that she had to ask me twice," Kemp told CBSDFW News.

"When I looked at her and saw how she was hurting, of course I agreed to give her a hug."

Kemp responded to the backlash from critics who say she never shows empathy toward Black defendants in court.

"Frankly, I don't think I would be getting this criticism if Miss Guyger were a Black woman," Kemp said. "I hate that we limit our compassion to one race."
 

 

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Black Twitter didn't know what to think after Botham Jean's brother hugged the former Dallas cop who took Jean's life in a deadly case of mistaken identity.

On Tuesday a jury convicted Amber Guyger of murder in the fatal shooting of her upstairs neighbor. She claimed she mistook his apartment for her own after working a 13-hour shift on Sept. 6, 2018.

Prosecutors showed the jury racist text messages and racially offensive memes on Guyger's social media accounts.

Guyger, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

During his victim impact testimony, Jean's brother, Brandt Jean told Guyger, who is white, that he forgives her and didn't want her to go to prison. "I love you as a person, and I don't wish anything bad on you," Brandt said.

After his testimony, Brandt gave Guyger an emotional embrace that stunned social media.

There was more odd behavior in the courtroom. A Black bailiff was seen stroking and primping Guyger's hair after her guilty verdict was announced.

Guyger spent her first night in prison on Wednesday.
 

 

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Rapper Drake is looking over his shoulders after a series of threats targeting his California home and OVO store.

Last week rapper Drake's Hidden Hills, California home and Los Angeles OVO store were vandalized. Well, a source tells Hollywood Unlocked that Drake's OVO store in Chicago was hit by bullets over the weekend.

Video footage obtained by HU shows the scene outside the Chicago store. A man is heard saying to the camera, "He's f-cking with the wrong ni--as. I don't do that" before producing a handgun and walking up to the store. In a second video clip, plywood covers the shot out window in the front of the OVO store.

According to published reports, the vandalism on the West Coast occurred after the Toronto rapper sent a private message to Don C's wife, Kristen Noel Crawley, on social media, asking her to intervene in his squabble with her husband.

A video making the rounds on social media last week shows the OVO storefront in Los Angeles covered in red spray paint. The message reads: "Leave L.A."

Drake's Hidden Hills mansion was also vandalized last week.

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Former friends Drake and Don C are both signed to Nike, designing high-profile sneakers for the sportswear giant.

It is also being reported that someone is surveilling Drake's father, Dennis Graham.
 

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