Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed by police while she slept March 13. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was involved in a shootout with police at their home, after Walker mistook the police for intruders.Taylor was shot by police during the altercation.
Taylor’s murder case was decided by a Kentucky grand jury, and the consensus was that the police officers who shot her would not be charged with her murder. Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved, was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment.
Taylor’s story was amplified by the nationwide “Black Lives Matter” protests this summer, along with George Floyd, Jacob Blake and other victims of racial violence in America. The movement brought to light the social injustices that were being enacted by officers of the law in America.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron stated that it was outside the law to charge the officers who fired upon Taylor as “they were justified in the return of deadly fire after they had been fired upon.” The city enacted a state of emergency before giving the decision, anticipating the protests. Many argued that the police be charged with her death, and that accountability and change be brought to the law enforcement organization.
One juror filed to speak publicly and called for the transcriptions of the trial to be published. The grand jury granted both requests. The juror accused the grand jury of misrepresenting the information presented in the trial. The claims and actions of this anonymous juror were pointed out by the community, in an effort to prove “a broken process.”
Whatever the case may be, this one defeat is not the end of the fight for social justice.