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How Voters Held Cameron Accountable For Denying Breonna Taylor Justice

The community found a way to hold power to account, even when traditional pathways failed

Allison Wiltz
Published in
5 min readNov 8, 2023

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Mural of Breonna Taylor in Denver, Colorado | Urban Art Mapping Research Project

Justice delayed is justice denied,” protesters shouted after learning a Louisville police officer fatally shot 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an emergency room technician who was lying in bed near her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, at the time of the incident. Using a no-knock warrant, officers burst into the apartment, guns blazing. Believing someone was trying to break in, Walker sought to defend himself and Breonna to the best of his ability. Sadly, Myles Cosgrove, one of the officer’s bullets, struck Breonna Taylor, robbing her of life and liberty. As the dust settled, Breonna Taylor’s family demanded accountability from officials. These calls only amplified once the public discovered the no-knock warrant did not list Breonna Taylor or Kenneth Walkers’ names; police had no legal right to detain them, let alone recklessly discharge their weapons. While no one denies the fact that a Louisville police officer shot and killed Breonna Taylor, this hasn’t been an open-shut case. Why haven’t any police officers been held accountable for their actions?

For many, that answer is Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Months after Breonna Taylor’s death, Cameron claimed the Louisville Metro Police Department officers’ use of force was “justified,” according to Kentucky law. The only charges Cameron, the county’s first Black District Attorney, recommended were filed against an officer “accused of endangering Taylor’s neighbors” instead of the man responsible for killing Taylor. Often, White people are the ones who hold the majority of power and use their leverage to deny justice to Black victims, but not this time. As a Black district attorney, the community expected Cameron to pursue justice for Breonna Taylor’s murder. When he didn’t, many felt the sting of betrayal.

This decision, allowing police to get away with the murder of an unarmed Black woman, haunted Cameron’s career ever since, his reputation forever tainted. To make matters worse, Cameron never acknowledged his mistake, claiming he “followed the law without fear or favor.” However, killing an unarmed…

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Allison Wiltz
Momentum

Womanist Scholar bylines @ Momentum, Oprah Daily, ZORA, GEN, EIC of Cultured #WEOC Founder allisonthedailywriter.com https://ko-fi.com/allyfromnola