Ex-Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Hugged by Botham's Brother ... Gets 10 Years for His Murder

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Ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger just got 10 years in prison -- on the heels of her conviction for murdering her neighbor, Botham Jean ... whose brother created a shocking moment in court.

The sentencing went down Wednesday in Dallas and while there were cheers when it was announced ... the most stunning event came earlier when Brandt Jean gave his victim's impact statement. He spoke directly to Guyger and told her to go to God and ask for forgiveness. He got choked up as he asked the judge if he could hug Guyger.

The judge said yes, and then they tearfully embraced for nearly a minute. You could hear people crying in court.

Brandt said he never wanted to tell his family he's personally forgiven Guyger.

Botham's family members burst into tears after her 10-year sentence was announced, and it appears even Judge Tammy Kemp -- who is black -- was moved by Brandt's statement. After the hearing, she also embraced Guyger.

Black Lives Matter Cop Sues DeRay McKesson Your People Bashed My Skull

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Black Lives Matter leader DeRay McKesson incited a crowd of his supporters to go looting and to hurl chunks of concrete at a Baton Rouge cop ... according to the officer who's now suing.

The officer filed a federal lawsuit, as a John Doe, against McKesson for a BLM rally that went down July 9. According to the docs, a rally organized by McKesson was blocking streets, prompting the call for police to control the crowd.

The anonymous cop says he and his fellow officers were first pelted by full bottles, looted from a Circle K -- and when the water ran out, someone picked up a piece of concrete ... or a rock ... and chucked it. He says he was struck in the face and went down hard.

He says he lost teeth, and injured his jaw and brain. In the suit, he blames McKesson for inciting the violence. He points out tensions were already high because the Dallas PD ambush happened just 2 days earlier -- and Alton Sterling had been shot by Baton Rouge cops on July 5.

He's suing for his medical bills and damages.

Young Buck I Have the Right to Shoot Crooked Cops Before They Shoot Me

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SHOOTING IS "PROTECTING YOURSELF"
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Young Buck doesn't care if you think he's promoting violence against police officers with his new track, "The Get Back" ... he insists it's his RIGHT to take them out.

The G-Unit rapper didn't mince words on "TMZ Live", saying he will absolutely protect himself from "crooked police officers" and he's encouraging everyone else to do the same.

His song includes lyrics like, "Make these n****s load up and go kill a cop right now" ... and although Young Buck expressed condolences for the families of the Dallas officers -- he never backed off his violent message.

Sure sounds like he's echoing the 60's civil rights battle cry, "By any means necessary." Watch and decide for yourself ... he's also got a message for The Game and Snoop Dogg.

Isaiah Crowell Cop Org Accepts 2nd Apology 'It Was Sincere This Time'

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A prominent Cleveland police organization says it has ACCEPTED Isaiah Crowell's 2nd apology over an anti-police Instagram post ... claiming they believe apology #2 was actually sincere.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association had initially told Crowell to "kiss my ass" after the Browns running back issued a written statement apologizing for the post.

Crowell responded by making an apology video -- in which he admitted he was part of the problem, vowed to be a part of the solution ... and said he would be donating his 1st game check of the 2016 season to the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation.

Now, CPPA President Stephen Loomis says ... apology accepted.

"I appreciate the apology and we accept it. People are allowed to make mistakes in life. Our problem was that first apology. It wasn’t sincere. But Isaiah stepped up to the plate to make a personal apology, and we definitely appreciate his donation to the Fallen Officers Foundation."

Loomis continued ... "I'd love to work with Isaiah in the future. How cool would it be if Isaiah and I attended community events together to really make a difference in the city? We are missing opportunities that we should be seizing as law enforcement and athletes in the city."

"I’m glad we didn’t have to go the route of boycotting Browns games. We would not have enjoyed that. We wanted to give Isaiah the opportunity to make things right, and he did."

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Browns RB Isaiah Crowell Pledges Money to Police Org. After Cop Killing Post

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Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell is donating this season's first NFL game check to a Dallas police organization after facing intense backlash over an Instagram post ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Tyrese #BlackLivesMatter Made Me Declare Peace with My Ex

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Tyrese has buried the hatchet in his custody war with ex-wife Norma, and he says the catalyst for peace was the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Tyrese tells us last week's horrendous events had a huge impact on both of them, and they had a long, heartfelt talk for the first time in memory ... about all the hatred in this country. They realized by waging war with each other, they were part of the problem.

Tyrese feels strongly ... black families need to band together, and the place to start is home.

As we've reported, it got so bad beteween the 2 Tyrese was accusing Norma of planning to disappear with their 9-year-old daughter, Shayla.

Things have changed in a big way in the last few days. Tyrese posted a picture Monday with Norma and Shayla where they were all smiles.

As for the future, Tyrese insists this doesn't mean he's getting back with Norma ... it's about putting their differences aside to co-parent Shayla, and it's working.

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Cleveland Browns Police Threaten to Pull Protection Over Player's Dead Cop Post

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Cleveland Browns player Isaiah Crowell's apology for a tasteless social media attack on cops is falling on deaf ears -- and in fact, police tell TMZ Sports ... they'll pull out of the Browns' stadium in protest.

Crowell got blasted for posting an illustration last week of a cop getting his throat slashed by a masked person. He posted it on Wednesday -- after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile's deaths, but the day before 5 Dallas officers were shot and killed.

The running back deleted the post and the Browns demanded he publicly apologize, which he did.

Ex-Miss Alabama Tearful Confession ... Dallas Cop Killer Was a Martyr

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The first black woman to be crowned Miss Alabama feels no remorse for the families of the 5 Dallas cops who were assassinated ... and she thinks their killer is a "martyr."

Kalyn Chapman James, Miss Alabama from 1993, posted a rambling and tearful video in which she's clearly torn about Micah X. Johnson. She repeatedly says she does NOT condone violence, but also says "something has to be done" about the deaths of black men at the hands of police officers.

In full tears, she claims she's not the only one who feels this way.

James was a top 10 finalist for Miss America in 1994.

Matt Barnes Don't Break the Law, Kids ... Cops Kill and Get Away With It

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Matt Barnes wants the youth of America to know it's more important than ever to avoid getting in any kind of legal trouble, because it could cost you your life ... if you're a black kid.

We got Barnes weighing in on the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the assassination of cops in Dallas. The NBA star's concern was obvious -- he has 2 young boys, and flat out says he thinks cops are literally getting away with murder.

Barnes didn't indict everyone in law enforcement, but added ... "a couple bad cops can ruin it for everybody."

Check out his perspective -- powerful stuff.

Dallas Shootings LAPD Doubles Down on Security

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There is predictable fallout from the Dallas massacre in police departments all over the country. We've spoken with a number of cops and brass at LAPD and surrounding agencies ... and here are some top of mind concerns:

-- Cops are concerned about fake 911 calls ... that a copycat might use the emergency number to set up an ambush.

-- We're told cops are talking about carrying extra weapons to ensure they're prepared for the worst. It's a bigger issue now than ever before.

-- The brass is telling officers to always carry ballistic helmets, vests and other protective gear and have it instantly available.

-- There won't be 1-person patrol units for the foreseeable future.

-- Cops are being told not to advertise that they work in law enforcement while off duty.

That said, the brass is trying to reassure officers that not every call is an ambush and not to develop paranoia.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Tearfully Remembers Murdered Dallas Cop

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Cuba Gooding Jr. got emotional when our photog asked about the chance photo he took a few months ago with one of the slain Dallas cops.

Cuba mugged with Patrick Zamarripa back in February when the officer was on patrol in Dallas.

When we asked Cuba about it as he was leaving Firefly in Studio City, he welled up with tears.

Cuba has always been kind to cops ... joking around a few months ago with a pack of NYC officers.

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Rev. Al Sharpton We Need Police

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Rev. Al Sharpton wants to make it clear ... he is NOT anti-cop.

We got Rev Al leaving NBC in NYC Friday, when he groused the Dallas killer set the anit-police brutality movement back significantly.

He also invoked the name of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., saying the movement has been hurt by Thursday night's massacre.

James Van Der Beek Cops Need More 'People' Training

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James Van Der Beek, who trained with police for a movie role, says cops spend a disproportionate amount of time training with guns than understanding how to deal with the community.

James was leaving M Cafe in L.A. Friday when our photog asked about the Dallas shootings. Van Der Beek, who trained with police for roles in "CSI" and "Labor Day," thinks the emphasis on weapon's training makes some cops prone to violence.

True enough ... cop shops are emphasizing community policing more than ever.

John Legend Black Lives Matter Must Continue But Dallas Shooter Hurt Us

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John Legend denounced the Dallas shooter -- not only for what he did to 12 police officers and 2 civilians -- but for inflicting a major setback to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Legend had a message for the families of the Dallas officers who were killed or injured. He also told us he's concerned the shooter stupidly thought he was helping the fight against police brutality by attacking police.

The singer, who is active in BLM, says protesters should NOT be deterred by what happened in Dallas -- and he offers a solution to all the violence.

Safe to say, John won't be invited to play any NRA conferences ... and we're sure he's fine with that.

LaDainian Tomlinson Athletes Need to Be Leaders Stop Worrying About Money!

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NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson -- who lives in the Dallas area -- says the assassination of police officers and the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile should serve as a wake-up call to superstar athletes.

TMZ Sports got LT'S reaction to the violence that erupted in his home state, and he was deeply concerned about the future for his son. As for solutions to the issues -- he talked about why more athletes don't use their public platform to speak out.

LaDainian says for too many of them it's all about money, but he does think there's at least one NBA star who can change that. Check out his take.

Congressman Pete Sessions These Mass Murders Not One Size Fits All

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The police assassinations hit close to home for Congressman Pete Sessions ... he represents Dallas, and thinks it's a huge mistake to try to and come up with one solution for the entire country.

Sessions, Chairman of the House Rules Committee and one of the most powerful members of Congress, told our photog Friday on Capitol Hill ... the underlying causes of violence vary from community to community -- the murders in Dallas and Chicago, he says, are different.

Everyone's looking for solutions, which is good.