Botham Jean’s sister talks about his legacy, police reform and forgiveness

ADDISON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) Allisa Findley’s last conversation with her younger brother, Botham Jean was on September 6, 2018, the day he was killed.

Findley says she will treasure that conversation forever while continuing to share his work and legacy in North Texas.

On Saturday, Findley was in Addison for the 3rd Annual Red Tie Gala of the Botham Jean Foundation.

“It’s our way of keeping his heart beating,” Findley said.

Jean loves helping the community, and Findley says it’s a platform to do just that. Findley said: “Botham is passionate about helping vulnerable communities, especially young people at risk.

It’s been four years since Jean died, and Findley says it’s miserable without him.

“Just to have a Thanksgiving dinner without him doesn’t seem right. Since then, I’m away for Thanksgiving, I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving since 2018,” Findley added.

The family was actively explained and reformed by the police. Findley told CBS 11 News that it is illegal to have advances such as the Botham Jean Act in Texas making it illegal for police to turn off their body cameras in a crime scene they are involved in.

Findley believes that four years after Jean’s death, there is still a long way to go.

“Racism is not something you can train for so I think one of the important steps that we need to take is who do we allow to be the police,” Findley said.

After Amber Guyger was convicted, there was an emotional moment when their younger brother Brant hugged Guyger for forgiveness.

Findlay doesn’t feel the same way.

“No, I don’t forgive her,” Findley said, “I still haven’t gotten to the point where I can forgive her, I don’t know if I’ll ever get there.”

Findley tries to contact Guyger.

“I even wrote her to ask if I could visit her and chat with her face to face, she never wrote back,” Findley said.

Guyger will be pardoned in 2024.

Next Thursday will be Jean’s 31st birthday.

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