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Breonna Taylor was gunned down in her home after a botched no-knock raid in March. Her death has been one of the most high profile cases of police brutality this year.
The court records indicate that Jamarcus Glover, Breonna’s ex-boyfriend, was offered a plea deal to frame Breonna. The offer, which came from the Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office back in July, brings up several questions:
How is there not one single person working for the Louisville criminal justice system who can explain how in this case the police officers were wrong? How is there not one single person working for the Louisville criminal justice system who can articulate the importance of accountability? How is there not one single person working for the Louisville criminal justice system who cares about justice for slain Black women?
Glover cared enough about Breonna to deny the pathetic plea offer. He is now facing ten years in prison and the unwritten punishment that comes along with Black people denying plea deals and demanding their day in court.
Agreeing to lying and/or accepting a bogus plea deal in order to be released from prison is a tactic used frequently by the American court system. According to Pew Research Center, only two percent of federal criminal defendants go to trial and most of them are found guilty.
Glover has stated that Breonna was not involved in any type of crime and he and his co-defendants have no idea why the police would come to her home in the first place, WDRB reported. Some are speculating that the plea deal was offered to Glover in order to smear Breonna’s name and justify her murder, so that the officers who came to her home, unannounced, in the middle of the night and shot her to death will not face any prosecution.
The officers involved in the case are Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison. Although Hankinson was fired in June, the other officers remain on the force and no one has been charged in the death of Breonna Taylor.