Breonna Taylor, an emergency room technician was shot and killed by police in her own apartment in March, the family and other protester have been on the neck of the police force and jury for up to 120 days to deliver justice in the form of punishment to the officers that perpetuated the act.
Tylor’s mother Tamika Palmer had said that the justice system failed Breonna Taylor. That Kentucky’s attorney general was not up to the job of achieving justice for Taylor.
“I was reassured Wednesday of why I have no faith in the legal system, in the police, in the law,” Palmer said through her written statement which her sister read out after the recent court ruling. “They are not made to protect us Black and brown people.”
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Among the three officers involved in the shooting only Brett Hankison was fired from the police force in May and is facing criminal charges. While Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove, both of whom also opened fire that night are yet to be indicted.
The attorney general has made it known that an FBI analysis concluded that Cosgrove fired the shots that killed Taylor… and yet he is still free.
The court has ruled that the officers were justified in their use of force since they were acting in self-defense against Breonna’s boyfriend who fired at them. But Benjamin Crump, one of the family’s attorneys, also noted that Breonna’s boyfriend Walker has said he was also acting in self-defense.
In Tamika’s statement, she had stated that “When I speak on it, I’m considered an angry Black woman, but know this: I am an angry Black woman. I am not angry for the reasons that you would like me to be — but angry because our Black women keep dying at the hands of police officers. And Black men.”
“What I had hoped is that he (the attorney general) knew he had the power to do the right thing, that he had the power to start the healing of this city, that he had the power to help mend over 400 years of oppression, what he helped me realize is that it will always be us against them, that we are never safe when it comes to them.”
The limited indictment handed down by the court has sparked new demonstration and street match thereby continuing the already 120 days protest over the death of Breonna Taylor.
So far the police have arrested 127 people including state Rep. Attica Scott.
JUSTICE FOR BREONNA, arrests won’t deter the people it will slow and delay but not stop the people.
I think Justice for Breanna.
What do you think?
How could you punish one officer for missing a Black body — but forgives others for shooting another Black Body (Breonna Taylor)?