Today marks the one year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death. This comes after countless marches, speeches by advocates and family members, and after the district attorney’s office in Louisville, Kentucky filed no charges against the officers who shot and killed the young woman in her home. The sordid anniversary of her passing provides a stark reminder that Black women can’t expect justice in America. Injustice has become the background noise of our lives.
Baby steps toward justice aren’t the most satisfying, but they are not exactly nothing, either. Finally, as David K. Li reports for NBC News, Louisville Metro Police Department detectives Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove were formally fired on Tuesday by department chief Yvette Gentry.
As Ishena Robinson writes in The Root:
Cosgrove was fired for failing to activate his body-camera during the March 13 raid in which he and two other LMPD officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Brett Hankison, entered Taylor’s home on a no-knock warrant granted to the police as part of a drug investigation. The officers fatally…
Imagine it’s your first day at your dream job as a public servant.
You’ve worked hard, you’ve studied, you’ve honed your craft, and now you are being recognized for your dedication. Your new employer has awarded you the opportunity to put your talent and skills to good use to create a better, more equitable society.
When you walk into your office, a small smile plays around your lips as you realize how often you’ve envisioned this moment in your wildest daydreams. You fight the urge to pinch yourself because everything you’ve wished for has finally become your reality. …
Brett Hankison, the only officer fired in the aftermath of the late-night raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor, was indicted for “wanton endangerment” by a Jefferson County grand jury today.
Hankison is not actually being charged with the killing of Taylor. The three charges he faces are for recklessly firing his weapon into a neighboring apartment with three occupants who were not hit by the shots, according to the decision. However, Taylor’s initials, “BT,” were not listed as the occupant of any of the apartments Hankison shot into.
This announcement means that no officers are being directly…
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Louisville and the family of Breonna Taylor came to a substantial settlement regarding the killing of Taylor at the hands of police. The $12 million amount is substantial, but is that enough? While millions might help with burial fees and paying off mortgages, does it really replace a person or stem the tears?
As Trina Curry, Taylor’s aunt, told TV station WAVE3 News: “Justice didn’t end yesterday with the settlement. Justice is continuing to fight. Justice is those officers being prosecuted, arrested, fired. Breonna’s life was priceless.”
“Black women have always been exploited in America. Violated in America. Terrorized in America. Killed in America. The relationship between Black women and America was birthed in targeting and torture.”…
You wouldn’t know it from the national media coverage, but protests over the murder of Breonna Taylor have continued for almost three months in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, the Courier Journal reports:
An array of groups has marched, making it increasingly difficult for the uninterested to ignore. There have been marches for mothers, for ministers, for football coaches and farmers. The demonstrations are only evolving and gaining more ubiquitous steam as they force the issue.
“You got people from all walks of the community, from affluent neighborhoods to houseless, who are all singing that same message,” said Shameka Parrish-Wright…
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