164 days. Can you imagine if someone who shot your child while sleeping? Can you imagine if no one arrested that person, or those people, for 164 days? I’m not sure what I would do at that point other than sitting at the police station day in and day out. I’d want to protest there peacefully. Just sitting there with my tablet, my phone, my portable charger. Something. I’d want them to know that I wasn’t letting this go. I’d argue that my child’s life meant more than the case that trended for a couple of months because that child happened to be sleeping when shot. The fact that it’s been this long and no justice has occurred is beyond infuriating.
Breonna Taylor deserves justice. Period. That should be all I have to say in this country. However, in all reality, no one should have to say anything because, in the very least, these officers should be off the force or undergoing some specialized training. Some have argued that the fact she died is because her boyfriend had drawn a gun. Okay. Would you not draw a weapon though someone came into your house in the middle of the night and had one close? I’m not sure anyone would have done any different than Kenneth Walker did that evening as his girlfriend paid the price.
Police Chief Steve Conrad announced on May 21, 2020, that he would retire come to the end of June. The man did not even make it until the end of June, though, because on June 1, 2020, there was another fatal shooting of business owner David McAtee. It took until May 29, 2020, to suspend further “no-knock” warrants indefinitely by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. I will admit I do not know how long it takes for these effects to occur officially, but that seems painfully long all things considered. Something is better than nothing in this case, but that is still not enough overall.
The craziest part of all this to me is that they were not required to wear body cameras. Thankfully that policy has also changed since this occurred as LMPD requires all sworn officers to wear them now. They also stated on June 10, 2020, that they would change the way the department handles and carries out search warrants. Shouldn’t this have been the case all along? What kind of justice system do we have if people are allowed to come into our homes without knocking or warning and kill us? These facts make it more of a criminal action than the action of the law.
These revelations lead me to question two things. After everything that had occurred, why would anyone continue charging Kenneth Walker? This shooting is a clear case of self-defense, but it still had to be argued, and he still had to endure home incarceration until May 22, 2020. In this case, he still has to fight for immunity, which is something I cannot fathom. It makes absolutely no sense to me how that is the case for him, and yet the officers who were involved in this shooting are still walking around free. Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and officers Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove need handcuffs around their wrists yesterday. They need someone to arrest them as there’s a case for an arrest to occur.
On top of being an article that gives many details surrounding Breonna’s death, this link also provides readers with the ability to help bring justice to this young woman’s life and family. Please consider signing the petition. Consider donating to the GoFundMe for her family as well as supporting protestors. Send an email or letter to the Attorney General and the Lousiville Mayor. There are so many options and so many ways to help. Do not let her killers continue to go free. Say Breonna Taylor’s name and demand justice today.