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Court Decision in Breonna Taylor case leaves public outraged

BY: Faiz Farook

More than 6 months after Louisville police shot and killed Breonna Taylor in her own home, one of the three officers on the scene has been indicted, but not for the killing. Brett Hankinson faces three charges of wanton endangerment for firing rounds into a neighbours apartment. This decision was announced despite the Taylor family’s lawyer filing a lawsuit accusing the officers of wrongful death, excessive force, and gross negligence, all of which would lead to far more prison time than 5 years, which is what Mr Hankinson is potentially facing. 

The decision has left the public in outrage as many continue to protest in the streets demanding that all three officers involved in the shooting be charged in relation to the murder. It has left them searching for a last bit of hope after being tear-gassed, pepper-sprayed, shot with rubber bullets, and threatened by the same police department responsible for a botched raid that left an innocent woman dead after being shot 8 times for having been in a past relationship with a potential drug trafficker 2 years ago, who was also arrested before the raid even happened. Despite having no drugs found in her home, no evidence indicating her of any involvement in the sale of narcotics, having no weapon or posing any threat to the task force that invaded her home, she was murdered, and not only that, the blood she shed did not receive any justice. 

Breonna Taylor’s death has raised an important conversation about the value of Black lives in American society, specifically Black women. Thousands have taken to the streets to protest, chanting her name along with the names of all the other innocent Black citizens who have lost their lives to police brutality. Social media hashtags and national headlines have sparked since. However, a conversation is certainly not enough. The actions of the police department, justice department, and government in this time have all revealed how deeply rooted the blatant disregard and insensitivity to the lives of Black people in America truly is. 

The harshest reality of this police killing and the numerous other killings is yet to be discussed. It is that these cases are not the only incidents where this has happened, but they are the only ones that were recorded. Even after a century of fighting for equality, inclusiveness, the establishment of the most basic rights of living for coloured people, the sacrifices of great civil rights leaders and brave warriors who died to bring about this change, the struggle for equality still remains. It is also the reason why people refuse to give up and go home. It is why no matter what gets thrown their way, they continue to say her name until justice is given.

Court Decision in Breonna Taylor case leaves public outraged 


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