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[cheers and applause] thank you very much. this is "nightline." tonight, guilty of murder, in the hot seat. >> we the jury unanimously find the defendant, amber guyger guilty of murder. >> the loved ones' reaction to the verdict as the former police officer is convict ted of killi a man in his own home. now a signal of hope for the black community, torn apart by the loss of loved ones by police. plus, punk pioneer. ♪ heart of glass >> unlocking the heart of glass of blondie's lead singer, debbie harry, dominating the stage wit"
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apart by the fatal police artment. now the verdict igniting a nation-wide conversation over cases of lethal force and if change is on the way. here is abc's marcus moore. >> for so many unarmed black and brown human beings all across america, this verdict today is for them! everybody can raise their hands. this verdict is for them. this verdict is for them. >> we the jury, unanimously find the defendant, amber guyger, guilty of murder as charged in the indictment. >> reporter: justice sometimes can feel elusive for mothers of black men. but for alison jean, her arms outstretched to the god she had prayed to on this day, justice had come. amber guyger who killed allison's son bon his
apartment was convicted of murder. for his family and the onlookers, this conviction represents something greater. >> this verdict is for trayvon martin, michael brown, sandra bland, it's for tamir rice. it's for eric garner. it's for antwon rose. >> today's victory gives a sense of hope and possibility and justice to the many people who were killed by the state and did not get any form of justice. >> reporter: the verdict marking the climax of a case that's captivated the nation for more than a year. >> breaking headline out of dallas at this hour. >> the police call it a very unique case. >> reporter: fueling a national conversation about race, police transparency and one officer's use of deadly force. >> no justice, no peace! >> reporter: last september, amber guyger was returning home after a 132 hour shift.
she lifted in 1378 on the third floor. directly above her in 1478 was botham jean's apartment. the st. lucian described as a ray of sunshine. >> botham had a love for everyone. >> reporter: jean was an accountant and an active member of the church of christ. ♪ the spirit of the lord >> reporter: that fateful night, he was home watching tv and eating ice cream. guyger entered the apartment saying it was her own. >> this one stretched the imaginations and goodwill of even the most generous supporters of the police. the idea that someone could walk into an apartment that's not theirs, to somehow convince yourself that that person is in your house, committing a crime and your option is not to back out of house but to shoot and
kill them, all those factors were incredibly hard to stomach. >> reporter: today's guilty verdict flies in the face of national trends surrounding police killings. 106 non-federal law enforcement officers have been arrested in conviction of shootings. only four convicted of murder. in dallas, some believe the stitide is shifting. amber guyger is the third officer to be convirktcted in recent years. >> ladies and gentlemen, you have three innocent men. >> reporter: the stretrend is i part due to reformers who campaigned on justice reform and supported calls for amber guyger to be charged with murder. >> seemed to me people were misinterpret egg
this was murder based on the facts reported. >> reporter: he made headlines, dismissing more than a thousand low-level drug cases before backing a bill requiring police to turn over all their evidence. >> running on this platform of them going to prosecute police officers more and muore. >> reporter: during the trial, g guyger testified in front of a diverse jury, with five african-american jurors. she said she accidently parked on the fourth floor and walked in. she said she put the key in the door and it just opened. at that point she heard someone inside. >> i believed someone was moving around my apartment. i wanted to find that threat. >> reporter: she says she saw a figure move toward her.
in court, guyger demonstrated how she said she confronted the person. >> i had my gun pointed, and i'm saying let me see your hands, let me see your hands. >> what were you focussed on? >> him. >> why did you fire? >> i was scared whoever was in my apartment was going to kill me, and i'm sorry. i have to live with that every single day. >> i'm an off-duty police officer, i shot a guy thinking it was my apartment. >> reporter: guyger's 911 call introduced as critical evidence. >> we have help on the way. >> i know, but i'm going to lose my job. i thought it was my apartment. >> reporter: the dallas county d.a.'s goal, pointing out contradictions in guyger's behavior, beginning with why she went into the apartment despite hearing noise inside. >> you could have called for help on your radio, and you could have had the calvary there
in two minutes. >> i could have. >> could you have had s.w.a.t. mobilized. >> i could have. >> and had you done any of those things, mr. jean would probably be alive today, right? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: defense attorney brian buckmire saying this was telling. >> when you look at the verdict that was given, murder, not manslaughter, it's obvious the jury believed in opening the door, pushing forward and knowing there were sounds someone inside that her actions inside that home were intentional and not reckless. therefore, that was murder. >> when you aimed and pulled the trigger at mr. jean, shooting him in center mass, exactly where you are trained, you intended to kill mr. jean. >> i did. >> when your client is asked, did you intend to kill the person, your answer should be no, i intended to defend myself. now if amber guyger taking the stand saying my intention was to kill him negates the whole,
weren't you trying to defend yourself? >> reporter: last week, prosecutors played the chilling body cam footage. >> i thought it was my apartment! >> reporter: officers sprinting down a long hallway. you can see the bright red floor mat outside jean's apartment, something prosecutors pointed out was something guyger should have noticed. on the body cam footage, several officers immediately start cpr trying desperately to save jean. something they say guyger did not do. >> did you perform cpr on mr. jean? >> i did not. >> why would you not try to do cpr? >> reporter: she said she texted her partner and lover twice, telling him to come to the scene. >> both of those times you put your needs and wants over his.
>> i still cared about him. >> reporter: while today's guilty verdict in the guyger case may have brought one city a step closer to holding police accountable, experts are still wary of any national shifts. >> it doesn't next the problem, and it doesn't erase the long history this country has of citizens dying and there being no justice. >> this jury had to make history in america today, because botham was the best that we had to offer. a 26-year-old college-educated black man. certified public accountant, working for one of the big three accounting firms in the world, but it shouldn't take all of that. >> right. >> for unarmed black and brown people in america to get justice. >> reporter: for botham jean's mother alison it won't bring both botham back.
>> my life has not been the same. it has been a rollercoaster. i cannot sleep. i cannot eat. it's just been the most terrible time for me. >> reporter: for "nightline," i'm marcus moore in dallas. our thanks to marcus moore for that report. up next, one on one with blondie's debbie harry, paving her way to stardom one way or the other. ♪ gonna get you, get you ♪ one way maybe next week ♪ i'm gonna see you there's my career... my cause... and creating my dream home. i'm a work in progress. so much goes into who i am. hiv medicine is one part of it. prescription dovato is for adults who are starting hiv-1 treatment and who aren't resistant to either of the medicines dolutegravir or lamivudine. dovato has 2 medicines in 1 pill
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>> power-house vocals and those blondie locks helped ignite debbie harry's legendary stage presence, the rock star sending generations of fans into a frenzy, and now fearlessly revealing the once hidden stories of debauchery and struggles behind her very public life of excess. here is abc's chris connelly. ♪ heart of glass >> reporter: she had a gaze of steel, too, debbie harry who abrupted the pop world of the '70s and '80s. blending musical frenemies, disco and heart of glass,
"rapture." out front and fearless, yet always with that sense of cool remove. >> still kind of detached. i hesitate to be attached. maybe it was because i was concentrating so hard trying to be better at what i was doing. >> reporter: now four decades after blondie first roared out of cbgb, her new memoir offers candid revelations from her life. when you were up on stage, what did that feel like at first? >> terribly frightening, but i suddenly realized, i have to make them respond, i have to go out there, i have to get them. after that, it was a no-brainer. i just went out and got'em. >> reporter: did she ever. going retro for "denine" ♪ i'm so in love with you >> reporter: with band mate chris stein on "sunday girl."
she'd kick it with everyone from david bowie to the muppets on "call me" ♪ call me me ♪ ♪ call wime ♪ >> reporter: photographed by andy warhol, adored by millions, thanks to songs like "one way or another." is this level. stardom anything that you could have possibly imagined? >> yes. i guess that's sort of what pushes you forward, you know. >> reporter: but, in an edgy, unsafe era where drugs were as much a part of the scene as the amps and eye shadow, it could be a very rough ride. >> we had great times. whee horrib we had horrible times. >> reporter: one you chronicle in your book that involved a sexual assault. >> i had a great friend and partner in chris. he sort of helped me put it into
proportion, i felt anger, frustration. i wanted revenge. i went through every emotion that you would normally go through when you're victimized. for whatever reason my sanity took over and said you can't carry around this kind of anger. for what it's worth, maybe some of this energy and some of this drive, you know, went into my performances. >> reporter: more rage would follow in the mid '80s, blondie discovered they were broke, and when harry was spotted buying baby food, it last wasn't for an infant. you bought him baby food. >> he liked tofu or couldn't eat food. >> reporter: harry writes that she would go out to buy heroin for him and for herself. why? >> why? because we junkies.
and it was, you know, helped us survive this desperately horrible situation. >> reporter: how would you become junkies in the first place? >> oh, i guess it was actually a big part of social life, downtown at that point. you know, you went to somebody's house and say oh, would you, you know, like a taste? >> reporter: staein would recovr from his illness and the two of them eventually kicked their habits, via a detox program at new york hospital. he says in your forward i wasted an enormous amount of time on substance abuse and self-medication. >> yeah, i agree. because i know that, you know, it was a silly waste of time. but then i don't really regret my life and the things that are important to me now are because i've, you know, gone through all of this stuff.
and it's great. >> reporter: adopted by a family when she was 3 months old, harry grew up in new jersey. you'd sung in the church choir? >> i did. yes, i liked it. i mean, i did like it. some of the songs are quite nice. >> reporter: the parents who raised you, you always talk about them as having given you the greatest love. >> i think they would have been happier if i had married and had a family. >> reporter: do you regret not having done any of that? >> i have little regrets. but how could i possibly think or say that, because i mean, everybody wants to, you know, have a life like mine. >> reporter: blessed with the glamour of the era's rock gods and the soul of an artistic rebel. ♪ >> reporter: even bewigged on the hardest part. now in her 70s, she remains a role model and inspiration to
generations, drawn to her adventurous and creative life and her ability. if you talked to that girl who graduated high school in 1963, what would you want to say to her? >> carry on. i was able to just leap over, step over something and, because i wanted to go there and not stop there. >> reporter: so we want to know now, are you happy? >> i think, yes, i think i am. >> our thanks to chris for that report. next, hitting up the new joint offering a side of the high-life. i have moderate to severe pnow, there's skyrizi. ♪ things are getting clearer, yeah i feel free ♪ ♪ to bare my skin ♪ yeah that's all me. ♪ nothing and me go hand in hand ♪ ♪ nothing on my skin ♪ that's my new plan. ♪ nothing is everything. keep your skin clearer with skyrizi. 3 out of 4 people achieved 90% clearer skin at 4 months.
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