R.I.P. Breonna Taylor
Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced in late September 2020 that he had presented information and instructions to the grand jury for Breonna Taylor’s case to allow them to make a decision on the charges of the three police officers involved with the no-knock warrant at her apartment resulting in her death on March 13, 2020 in Louisville Kentucky. The officers were looking for a drug suspect who was already in custody when they obtained a court order to enter her premises. She and her boyfriend were sleeping when the police rammed in the door and her boyfriend fired a shot which resulted in shots from the officers. The charge brought forth was wanton endangerment against one officer related to the shots that went through the white neighbors apartment but not the black neighbors apartment and no charges for the actual death of Breonna Taylor. Brett Hankison was the only officer terminated for “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.” A grand juror has filed a motion for release of the transcript questioning the instructions provided by the attorney general. We are still fighting for justice and hope that release of the grand jury transcript to the public will give insight on the truth of what was presented to the grand jury.
Some of the women treated unfairly or dead by the hands or in the custody of white police officers besides Breonna Taylor include Sandra Bland, India Kager, Natasha McKenna, Michelle Cusseaux, Kathryn Johnston, Atatiana “Jay” Jefferson, Tanisha Anderson, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Rekia Boyd, and Shelly Frey. The Washington Post reports that since 2015, Black women have accounted for less than 1 percent of the overall fatal shootings in cases where race was known. But within this small subset, Black women, who are 13 percent of the female population, account for 20 percent of the women shot and killed and 28 percent of the unarmed deaths. Historically, black women have endlessly labored, took care of other’s kids, and been disrespected by society.
Black mothers are bearing much anxiety, fear, and worry about whether their son or daughter will survive in this society. Questions about will they arrive safely home, will they be bullied, will they be targeted, will they be told they are not good enough, will they be judged without benefit of the doubt, will they be misdiagnosed, will they be last instead of first because of the color of their skin are common concerns. The best we can do is say obey, don’t talk back, don’t move without permission, and be respectful to avoid inciting any unnecessary reactions. Thank God for The Mothers of the Movement who provide support for mothers and families whose children have been killed by police officers due to gun violence. We must continue to pray to God for freedom, and be active, and keep our fight in the forefront of the government who has the power to change and enforce laws. Good must overcome evil.
Lord, hear our cries and plea’s and bring what is in the dark to light. We need those in power to be dethroned for making a political agenda more important than fighting for the rights of people.
Lord help us to be seen and heard and respected for the value we add to our community.
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