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Allison Jean, mother of Botham Jean, at a press conference. Photo: Stewart F. House/Getty Images

A jury sentenced Amber Guyger to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting 26-year-old Botham Jean, an unarmed black man, in his own downtown Dallas apartment, according to NBC News.

Why it matters: The Sept. 9, 2018, shooting sparked harsh criticism against the local police department as protestors highlighted the case as another instance of police using excessive and fatal force against African Americans. Guyger was facing a maximum sentence of 99 years.

Context: A jury found Guyger guilty of murder on Tuesday. She was originally charged with manslaughter, which is a second-degree felony in Texas and comes with a lesser charge.

  • Guyger, who was off-duty at the time of the shooting, said she was confused after a long shift and walked into Jean's apartment, which was below her own, thinking it was her home. She claims she thought Jean was an intruder and shot him.
  • Prosecutors argued Guyger was negligent because she was armed, distracted and too quick to draw and fire her weapon. They asked the jury to sentence her to at least 20 years.
  • After she was convicted, prosecutors introduced text messages from Guyger into the body of evidence. The texts included offensive statements about Martin Luther King Jr.’s death and black police officers.
  • While testifying, Guyger said, “I never wanted to take an innocent person’s life, and I’m so sorry. This is not about hate; it’s about being scared," per the Washington Post.
  • After the conviction on Tuesday, supporters shouted in the hallways of the courthouse: “Black lives matter.

Go deeper: Dallas police officer convicted of murder for killing black man in his own home

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What they're saying: In tech, they argue, decision-making power remains largely concentrated in the hands of white men. The result is an industry whose products and working conditions belie the industry rhetoric about changing the world for the better.

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U.S. mayors tend to be an optimistic bunch, but a poll released Thursday finds them unusually pessimistic about prospects for post-pandemic recovery.

Why it matters: In a survey of mayors of 130 U.S. cities with more than 75,000 residents, 80% expect racial health disparities to widen, and an alarming number predict that schools, transit systems and small businesses will continue to suffer through 2021 and beyond.

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Why it matters: Hospitalizations are a way to measure severe illnesses — and severe illnesses are on the rise across the U.S. In some areas, health systems and health care workers are already overwhelmed, and outbreaks are only getting worse.