In response to the 10-year sentence former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger received for killing an unarmed man, Tay-K's fans and his sister have vented their frustrations. Tay-K was trialed as an adult in a murder case that started when he was a minor, and in the end the rapper received 55 years behind bars.
Posting on her Facebook account, Kayla Renee defended her brother and compared his case to Guyger's despite her significantly shorter sentence. "Just so y’all know what white girl just got 10 years for a murder that she did commit, by walking into this mans HOME," she wrote. "Meanwhile they just convicted my brother of murder and sentenced him to 55 years for a murder he did NOT commit because 'he should have anticipated it.' He should have anticipated that someone else would pointlessly pull a trigger in a situation that it was not necessary."
Tay-K received his sentence in July after a lengthy trial. The rapper was allegedly not the gunman in the murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker, but he was still found guilty for his involvement. He was first arrested in July 2016 along with six accomplices, although he later cut off his ankle monitor and went on the run. During his time at large, he released his breakthrough song "The Race."
"Nobody testified that they saw Taymor acting violent in any way," Tay-K's sister added. "In fact the only thing anybody who testified said was that Taymor was never in any room anybody was injured in! The only thing he had in his hand is a bag! No weapon! And Taymor was the youngest JUVENILE involved. Yet he got the most time out of all the juveniles , while the white girl that set everything else and anticipated this robbery for MONTHS is eligible for parole Rn."
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The message was also re-posted on Tay-K's official Instagram account and placed as a Highlight on his page. “Meanwhile Tay was a juvenile charged as an adult, placed in solitary confinement, received 55 years and didn’t pull the trigger #FreeTayK #ChangeTheNarrative.”
Fans of the rapper have also compared the situation, highlighting the discrepancy between the sentences. Many pointed out that the 31-year-old Guyger admitted to killing Jean, while Tay-K had claimed that he was merely present at the time of the murder he has since been charged with. "Tay K was like 15 when all that shit allegedly happened and they gave him 55," one fan wrote.
"Tay-K didn't even pull the trigger and got 55 years but she openly admitted and got 10 years in the same state," another tweeted.
However, some have been quick to take issue with the comparison and say Tay-K's case isn't quite the same as Guyger's. "Is the Amber Guyger case a glaring example of white privilege? Hell yes," wrote Twitter user SadSteelersFan. "But please stop comparing this case to Tay-K. That dude robbed multiple people, one of whom was then murdered during the robbery."
Earlier this week, Amber Guyger was found guilty of fatally shooting her neighbor Botham Jean. She shot him in his own apartment but claimed she believed it was her own and Jean was an intruder. During her trial, social media posts and texts in which she exhibited violent and racist behavior were shown.