No murder charges were made on any of the officers involved with the killing of Breonna Taylor. I can honestly say I’m disappointed by not at all surprised by this verdict. Taylor is yet another person from the Black community who didn’t receive the justice she deserved.
The verdict came back September 23, with only one officer, Brett Hankison, being indicted on three counts of “wanton endangerment,” according to The New York Times. Wanton endangerment was the crime because bullets that came from the police went into other apartment units; never mind the bullets shot in Taylor’s apartment.
In the same New York Times article, Daniel Camron, Kentucky’s attorney general, said, “The decision before my office is not to decide if the loss of Breonna Taylor’s life was a tragedy—the answer to that question is unequivocally yes.” If that’s the case, why is she not receiving the justice that she deserves? We all knew what the outcome of this crappy verdict would be: chaos. Knowing this and knowing how what the officers did was wrong makes it extremely ignorant to come to the verdict that was decided upon.
To add on to the foolishness, Cameron also said that the actions of these officers was justified because they announced themselves when they entered Taylor’s home, according to USA Today. Cameron also said the police shooting was justified because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot at officers first. What? In what world does that make sense? If someone is entering your home uninvited and you have a licensed weapon, you have every right to shoot at them and not suffer any consequences. It’s literally in the Constitution, but I supposed basic rights and “privileges” only apply when they harming and hurting members of the Black community and helping those who are White or law enforcement.
“Why make a new no knock warrant law in several states after her death, pay her family $12 million for wrongful death by a cop to literally do nothing about the situation?,” said Breyona Smith, a freshman at Columbia College Chicago. “Her murderers are still free and the one that was charged wasn’t even charged for murder. So why do all of that?”
Everything about this entire situation proves that Black people aren’t cared about and their lives don’t matter in this country. It doesn’t matter how wrong, racist, or terrible these cops and White people are, Black people are always the ones to get the short end of the stick.
This definitely won’t be the last that we hear about this situation. I want all the protests, riots, petitions, and everything else to start back up and I want them to be even bigger than when we heard about Taylor’s death earlier this year. No justice for us, no peace for them.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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