Outrage Erupts After Decision In Breonna Taylor Case: ‘So, No One Is Responsible?’
Written by Black Voices on September 23, 2020
Scores of celebrities and public figures joined the refrain of voices crying out on Wednesday after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, declined to return homicide costs in opposition to any of the cops concerned within the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical employee, was shot in her house within the early hours of March 13 after Louisville police served a “no-knock” warrant and entered her condominium with a battering ram. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, referred to as 911 and shot on the intruders in self-defense with a registered gun, hanging one officer. The plainclothes officers responded by firing greater than two dozen instances, killing Taylor. Police believed a suspect in a drug ring ― who didn’t stay there and, as they later discovered, had already been arrested ― was having packages delivered to that deal with.
Authorities introduced Wednesday that no costs could be filed in opposition to two of the white officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officer Myles Cosgrove. The opposite police officer on the scene, Detective Brett Hankison, was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
However not for the pictures fired inside Taylor’s house. The costs have been associated to the bullets that penetrated neighboring residences.
“There can be celebrities, influencers and activists who’ve by no means lived in Kentucky who attempt to inform us tips on how to really feel, suggesting they perceive the info of this case, and that they know our neighborhood and the commonwealth higher than we do,” Kentucky Legal professional Common Daniel Cameron mentioned when saying the choice on Wednesday. “However they don’t.”
Celebrities, influencers and activists did certainly specific their disdain, together with George Clooney, who mentioned that as a Kentucky native, he was ashamed of the choice.
“I used to be born and raised in Kentucky. Minimize tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Each my dad and mom and my sister stay in Kentucky. I personal a house in Kentucky, and I used to be there final month,” Clooney mentioned in a press release supplied to a number of information shops.
“The justice system I used to be raised to imagine in holds folks chargeable for their actions. Her title was Breonna Taylor and he or she was shot to dying in her mattress by three white cops, who won’t be charged with any crime for her dying. I do know the neighborhood. I do know the commonwealth. And I used to be taught within the colleges and church buildings of Kentucky what is true and what’s incorrect. I’m ashamed of this resolution.”
Different distinguished politicians, activists, athletes and Hollywood figures, together with Kerry Washington, LeBron James, Padma Lakshmi, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Dan Levy, Colin Kaepernick, Mia Farrow, Ava DuVernay, Bernice King and Viola Davis, spoke up:
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