The family of the white Dallas police officer who killed Botham Jean in his apartment has been accused of racism after photos emerged of them wearing an “all lives matter” shirt and making gestures linked to white supremacy.
In the photos, Officer Amber Guyger and her sister pose with her mother, who is wearing an “all lives matter” shirt. It’s no secret that “all lives matter” is a phrase often used by those attempting to denigrate the Black Lives Matter movement.
When asked about the shirt, Alana Guyger said it was a gift to her mother from her father after the July 7, 2016, shooting of five Dallas officers, reported Dallas Morning News.
Other people on social media also re-shared an image of Guyger's brother-law, Noe Garza, making hand gestures that some believed might symbolize white power. In the photo, Garza holds up the sign closely related to the “white power” symbol as well as a “p.”
While Garza's gestures appear to have a partial resemblance to the so-called "peckerwood" and "white power" hand, Jake Hyman, a spokesperson for Anti-Defamation League, said they "don't think there is any white supremacist intention here.”
Additionally, they said Garza’s hand symbols don’t exactly match anything in their online library of more than 170 hate symbols.
On Tuesday, Garza spoke with Dallas Morning News and denied he or any member of Guyger's family has connections to white supremacists. He also said he was being silly when making a "6" and a "9" because they were celebrating Guyger's father's birthday at Joe’s Crab Shack in 2016.
"It's was his 69th birthday, so it was a 69," said Garza. "That's all it was."
Garza also went on to say that he is not racist.
"My last name is Garza. I'm a Mexican," he said. "I don't care about your nationality. I don't care about the color of your skin. We all bleed red."
"None of these are racist photos," said Garza, 43, a former chef. "I am not racist."
(Photo: Kaufman County Jail)