The Breakdown With Shaun King: Louisville Arrested and Charged 100 Peaceful Protestors With Felonies, but Still Won’t Arrest the Men Who Murdered Breonna Taylor
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It has been 124 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered by police while sleeping in her home.
It has been 124 days that the men who murdered Breonna Taylor have remained free.
It has been 124 days too long.
Yesterday in Louisville, Kentucky, 100 peaceful protesters for Breonna Taylor were arrested and charged with felonies.
The hypocrisy is on full display.
Prosecutors just can’t seem to find charges to bring against the police officers who murdered Breonna as she slept peacefully in her bed, despite having 124 days to do so. Yet, in a matter of hours, they managed to bring felony charges against every person who sat criss-cross applesauce on the yard of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in peaceful protest. Many of those arrested remain in jail right now, including musical artist YBN Cordae and NFL player Kenny Stills, as members of the Grassroots Law organization work to free them.
The American legal system can find felony charges when it wants to and ignore them when it does not. It protects those in power and punishes the disenfranchised. Millions of people across the world have been calling for the arrest of officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove for months, yet nothing has been done.
This system was not designed to provide justice for anyone but the straight, cis, white men that built it.
It was not designed to provide justice for Breonna, who was only a 26-year-old EMT an essential worker, who hoped one day to be a nurse. She had her entire life ahead of her, a life that was cut short when plainclothed officers barged into her apartment unannounced and sprayed the room with bullets, shooting Breonna eight times.
It was not designed to provide justice for her boyfriend, Kenny Walker, who was arrested moments after his girlfriend was murdered in front of him. He faced attempted murder and felony assault charges after retrieving his own legal firearm when the police broke into his home. He thought they were trying to rob him. He had no way of knowing it was the same people who were supposed to serve and protect his community who were the ones reigning such terror.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down the grave injustice and blatant hypocrisy of the arrest of 100 peaceful protestors, and gives action steps on what we can do to achieve justice for Breonna Taylor.
1. Go to StandWithBre.com and fill out the petition to have the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor arrested.
2. Call 502-735-1784 and demand justice for Breonna Taylor.