It’s been over four months since the murder of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor. Over four months that protests have been going on, petitions signed, and justice fought for her life that was mercilessly taken by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers. That justice still hasn’t been served and the officers are still free. Why is that?
The death of Taylor has sparked outrage and hurt throughout the entire country and the protests haven’t stopped and don’t show any signs of stopping any time soon. During a recent rally for Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, rappers were among nearly 90 protesters who were arrested for protesting but have since been released according to Rolling Stone. If they can get arrested for trying to fight for an unnecessary and unfair death, why aren’t the LMPD officers who killed her getting the same treatment?
Of the officers involved, Sargent Jonathan Mattingly is on administrative reassignment along with officer Miles Cosgrove. Detective Brett Hankison, who shot his gun 10 times through a closed and curtained patio door, is the only one who has been fired, according to CNN. There have still been no charges placed against the men in the murder of Taylor, but here we have peaceful protestors being arrested for simply fighting to get Taylor and her family the justice that they deserve. This is a little backwards.
I don’t think the LMPD understands that the protests won’t stop until the protestors get what they want and that’s justice. The protests still may not even stop there, but they definitely won’t be as prevalent. All that we want is for the evil officers that took away her life so mercilessly to face consequences for their horrible actions. That’s all. There’s absolutely no reason why anyone, famous or not, should have been arrested for doing the right thing.
We’re going to continue to fight the good fight and, unfortunately, some of the fighters might suffer, but at the end of the day none of that matters as long as we get justice for Breonna Taylor.
By Cierra Lemott, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago
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