As I lay in bed my mind can’t help but drift off to the worlds current events. The killing of unarmed black men, women and children at the hands of the police. The sad truth is, this is nothing new. The only difference is there’s a huge spotlight on it because of technology and the public is demanding that these officers be held accountable for their actions when unjustifiable force is used. One case in particular that keeps running through my mind is the Breonna Taylor case. The narrative is the cops “thought” they were there to pick-up a drug dealer that lived at Breonna’s address.They were wrong. In fact the person they were looking for lived somewhere else and was already in police custody. They were there using something called a no knock warrant. This is where the cops can come into your house unannounced. In most cases they come at odd hours hoping to catch the perpetrator asleep. This tragic mistake was the cause of Ms. Taylor losing her life. How does a mistake like this happen?
When I see the pictures of Breonna, I see myself, my friends, and my family. I see a young woman who had dreams, goals and ambition.A young woman that wasn’t afraid to chase those dreams. She was so full of life and full of potential. I often wonder if Ms. Taylor even knew or understood what was happening at the time of her murder. I wonder what may have been going through her mind as she heard something unfamiliar in her home. I turn to look at my love as he sleeps. My mind then thinks of Brionna’s boyfriend, Mr. Kenneth Walker. As a man, he did exactly what he was supposed to do, protect his home and woman. I’m almost positive this was his only reason for having a gun in the first place. A gun he legally obtained. I know without a shadow of a doubt that if I was in that situation, where I had a unannounced person in my home. I too could’ve been Breonna.In that situation I think we all could’ve been Mr. Walker and Ms. Taylor. I can’t imagine what this has done to not only Breonna’s family but to Kenneth as well. He knows he did nothing wrong but is now being charged with attempted murder of a police officer after they broke into his home and killed his woman. Just think about that. Someone comes into your home unannounced and flips your world upside down . I think about all the many conversations Breonna and Kenneth probably had about their future together. Maybe marriage and starting a family, maybe relocating or just growing old together. What does that do to the psyche? How does one even begin to function after witnessing that.How does one not blame themselves for not dying too or wish it was him instead of her. How does one even begin to process this. I could imagine that Mr. Walker is angry, hurt, confused and traumatized. I would imagine he will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is something he will be haunted by for the rest of his life. All I know to do is to pray for him and to fight for Breonna to prevent another person’s life from being lost in this tragic way.
Earlier this month a law was passed called Breonna’s Law. This law requires that a officer would have to have a judge or high ranking officer sign off on the warrant and that no knock warrants only be used to detain suspects that are violent and that cause a threat to officers and or the public. In addition body cameras must be turned on when the warrant is being served.
Kudos to all that fought to have this law passed. It’s definitely one step in the right direction, but how in gods name is a law passed and not a single person has been charged in Ms. Taylor’s death. To pass a law tells me that you see that the approach or law that was previous on the books were flawed. How does a person kill someone and walk away basically saying “my bad” and all is suppose to be well. No, that’s not how that’s supposed to work. If I, you or anyone else for that matter “accidentally” killed someone we would be locked up and charged with something. This is not the case with the cops that killed Breonna. Nobody had been charged. A life was taken and nobody pays for it. A law was passed named after the deceased and still no arrests. This is wrong and all the officers involved need to be held accountable.
If you think this is wrong raise hell and use your voice to create the change you would like to see. Here is some information you can use to help get justice for Brionna.
Mayor Greg Fisher
Attorney Thomas Wine
Governor Andy Beshear
Attorney General Daniel Cameron
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad