Saturday, September 26, 2020

Breonna Taylor's Murderers Walk Free: Same Sh*t Different Day!!!

I didn't initially write in this space about the Breonna Taylor incident because it was angering and depressing to write about yet another Black person murdered by the police. It was also obvious the fix was in. I knew exactly was was going to happen. 

No one was immediately arrested or charged though Taylor was killed in March. Instead of focusing on the backgrounds, motivations and records of the police officers who riddled her with bullets the white media and especially the conservative white media tried to claim that Taylor was no angel. 

The implications drawn and inferences to be taken was that Taylor was a "bad girl". Although Taylor wasn't charged with any crime some media still painted her as an immoral or dumb woman who got what she deserved. Some people went beyond that to claim that she was a drug dealer. Not to be outdone in hypocrisy the (white) libertarian and gun rights community who normally boast loudly that (per late rapper Biggie Smalls

"Call the coroner!
There's gonna be a lot of slow singing and flower bringing if my burglar alarm starts ringing!
What ya think all the guns is for?

when it comes to police knocking down their doors in the middle of the night to search for guns or drugs, didn't support Breonna Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who upon hearing and seeing unidentified men knocking down his door in the middle of the night made the reasonable assumption that he was the target of a home invasion or that Taylor's ex was there to harm and/or kill both of them. Walker, who is not a felon, procured his legally owned firearm to defend himself and Taylor, not knowing the assailants were cops. Well Taylor is dead and to no one's surprise, the Kentucky justice system has refused to charge any of the police who killed her with you know, actually killing her. 

A grand jury indicted a former Louisville police officer on Wednesday for wanton endangerment for his actions during the raid. No charges were announced against the other two officers who fired shots, and no one was charged for causing Ms. Taylor’s death.

Brett Hankison, a detective at the time, fired into the sliding glass patio door and window of Ms. Taylor’s apartment, both of which were covered with blinds, in violation of a department policy that requires officers to have a line of sight.

He is the only one of the three officers who was dismissed from the force, with a termination letter stating that he showed “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

If I am driving my truck down the road, take my eye off the road for a few seconds and run over my neighbor's child that is not as morally heinous as deliberately turning the wheel and accelerating to ensure the child's death. But in either instance, whether by accident or malevolence, I've taken a human life. There must be some accountability for that. There's a good chance I will be promptly charged. As indeed I should be. 
The only police officer charged was the officer who didn't hit anyone but could have killed Taylor's (white?) neighbors. This is sick. Functionally this is not too different from the various murders during the civil rights era in which state juries refused to indict or convict whites accused of killing Blacks, extrajudicially or not. There are more Black faces in high places, but otherwise the system works the same.
It's worth pointing out that in a similar case (no-knock, bad intelligence, possible lies) in Houston the police were arrested and charged for their crimes. No one in the mainstream media wrote long rambling pieces about how the homeowners had some questionable ties and didn't deserve sympathy. Of course those homeowners were white while many of the cops involved were Black. 
The only solution I can think of to such systemic indifference to Black life snuffed out by police is to ensure that police and prosecutors know what such loss feels like themselves. We've tried everything else.   
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