The men who murdered Breonna Taylor must be held responsible. But we must change the laws and policies that caused her death in the first place. One way to start right now, is banning no-knock warrants. Let me break it down and give you action steps for today
“Not all cops are bad,” is a phrase I’ve heard more and more as people across the nation continue to respond to the murder of George Floyd.
The sentiment behind the statement is easy to understand. Not all police officers are inherently evil human beings, but the system to which they belong to does not allow for morality to prevail.
There is no such thing as a good cop when the United States legal system as a whole is so deeply corrupted and was purposely built to function this way. That is why even when police officers are held accountable for the innocent lives they take every single day in this country, it is not enough. More people will continue to be killed, and the majority of them will be people of color.
The only way to ensure that all law enforcement officers are held accountable and stop future fatal police encounters is to change the legal system entirely.
There are many different policies and bills that can easily be amended, added, or taken away to make this happen. One of the policies that must end is the use of no knock warrants. This is the policy that allowed plainclothes police officers to break into Breonna Taylor’s home, fatally shoot her at least 8 times and arrest her boyfriend, Kenny Walker, when he tried to defend her against who he believed to be robbers.
This practice is all too common, and here’s what we can do to end it.
The city council and in Lousiville, where Breonna Taylor was murdered, are discussing limiting the use of no-knock warrants right now, but that is not enough. The practice must be abolished completely. Louisville must be ground zero for this long-overdue step, setting the precedent for cities nationwide to follow.
Here’s what you can do.Call (502) 735-1784 to demand Louisville officials pass the bill to end no-knock warrants.