The death of a black woman, Breonna Taylor, who was killed by Kentucky police officers has left too much pain not only to the family but also to the public who wonder whether there is justice for the blacks. What hurts the most is that the activists failed in bringing homicide charges against these officers in the wake of the decision not to prosecute the officers responsible for the murder.
Taylor was shot during a drug investigation. According to the investigators, she was shot multiple times by white officers after her boyfriend fired the officers who burst into Taylor’s apartment during the investigation. This is reportedly said to have opened fire in self-defense. State Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the investigation showed officers acted in self-defense; one was wounded. A single officer was charged with wanton endangerment for firing into neighboring apartments.
Activists, celebrities, and everyday Americans have called for charges against police since Taylor’s death, along with George Floyd, a Black man killed by police in Minneapolis. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the question they were facing was how to deal with that pain, but unfortunately, there was no answer. Fischer pleaded for calm a day after peaceful protests turned violent, and a gunman shot and wounded two police officers. Peaceful protests a night earlier gave way to fires set in garbage cans, damage to several vehicles, and thefts at stores. Then, two officers were shot.
Activists have vowed to continue protesting until they get justice. Reginique Jones promised to keep pressing for increased police accountability and for a statewide ban on “no-knock” warrants. Jones believes that they can still get some justice. A grand jury returned three charges of wanton endangerment against Officer Brett Hankison that each carries a sentence of up to five years. The other officers involved weren’t charged. Trump has expressed his regard to the family of Breonna. He said it’s so sad what’s happening with everything about that case, including law enforcement. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, has called for policing reform.
Since Taylor’s killing, Louisville has taken some steps to address protesters’ concerns. The officer who was eventually charged has been fired, and three others were put on desk duty. Officials have banned no-knock warrants and hired its first Black woman as the new permanent police chief. Additionally, the city agreed to more police reforms as part of a settlement that included a $12 million payment to Taylor’s family.