Here we are again, mourning the lost of another beautiful Black Queen who has lost her life from the hands of Police. Breonna Taylor, a twenty-six-year-old African American emergency medical technician was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department.
On March 13, 2020, police officers barged into Breonna Taylor’s home in Louisville, Kentucky, in the middle of the night and discharged a round of bullets that killed Breonna. Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker were in bed when they heard the officers enter a little after midnight. According to the search warrant, police believed a suspected a drug dealer, Jamarcus Glover who did not live with Breonna and had already been arrested at another location was keeping drugs or money at her house.
Kenneth believed the officers were intruders and called the police. He then pulled out his gun and fired a shot at one of the officers’ leg. The officers responded with more then twenty-five shots that sailed through the kitchen and living room, fatally striking Breonna, eight times. Shots also flew into an adjacent home, where a pregnant woman and a five-year-old child slept.
The officers found no drugs in Breonna’s house and charged Kenneth Walker with attempted murder even though, Kenneth Walker was a legally registered gun owner and Kentucky’s Stand Your Ground Law allows people to use deadly force against an intruder at home but the law doesn’t apply when the intruder is a police officer who identifies himself but there wasn’t a knock on the door or announcement of entry.
Historically, officers are suppose to knock, announce themselves and wait before entering a person’s home so, hopefully, this will hold up in court and these officers can be charged with murder; we have to start making these officers accountable so this madness on Blacks and Latinos can stop and there needs to be more conversations on the use of entering a person’s home.
There should be no reason why Breonna Taylor is six feet under, and Kenneth Walker is in jail. Say her name – Breonna Taylor.