Say Her Name

By Toniann Gooden
November 2, 2020

"Protest For Breonna Taylor" by Fibonacci Blue is licensed under CC BY 2.0
"Protest For Breonna Taylor" by Fibonacci Blue is licensed under CC BY 2.0

She slept in her home peacefully and did not wake up the next day.

Poster of Breonna Taylor smiling. Photo by:unknown

Her name was Breonna Taylor, an African American woman. She was a full time ER technician that slept in her home on the night of March 13, 2020 when she was fatally shot by six bullets.

Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison from the Louisville Metro Police Department forced entry into Taylor’s apartment without a reason nor announcement. Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, a legal gun owner also in the apartment, heard intruders.

LMPD was investigating drug dealing operations and it is very questionable on how they can make a big mistake and bust into the wrong home.

LMPD claimed they made themselves aware but Walker did not hear any announcement and fired a warning shot thinking that there were intruders. After Walker fired his shot, LMPD chose to fire 32 shots in return. Walker unhurt but Taylor died that night.

 Taylor and  Walker were not a part of any drug operations or anything dangerous. The only crime was them being Black.

“The system does not care about black women or their lives,” Tiffany Pacheco, a sophomore criminology major said. 

The quote reminded Pacheco of what a black human rights activist said. 

“The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman,” Malcolm X said.

On June 23, the LMPD fired Hankison for firing through the patio door and the window of Taylor’s apartment.

Sept. 15 the city of Louisville agreed to pay Taylor’s family $12 million and reform police practices. 

Sept. 23 a state grand jury indicted Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment for endangering Taylor’s neighbors with his shots.

Make it known how the jury indicated Hankison for endangering Taylor’s neighbor but not for taking away her life.

Protest for Breonna Taylor. Photo by:unknown.

None of the officers involved in the raid has been charged in Taylor’s death.

Oct. 2 recordings from the grand jury investigation into the shooting were released.

“We knocked on the door, said ‘police’, waited I don’t know 10 or 15 seconds. Knocked again, said ‘police’, waited even longer,” Shawn Hovover, Louisville police lieutenant, said in an interview later played for the grand jury. 

Numerous neighbors did not hear the police announce themselves at all.

One of the officer’s police cameras shows Walker telling the officers his girlfriend is dead. He was asked if there was anyone else in the apartment by an officer. Only Taylor’s lifeless body was left in the apartment. The SWAT team entered Taylor and Walker’s apartment and determined it was a crime scene.

Body camera footage was released and one can hear an unknown officer saying, “We have to be mindful of what we say, we are on camera now,” surprisingly, none of the body cameras were on for the intrusion. 

Social media is in an uproar, many people are upset at the grand jury decision. A lot of people went to the streets to protest and demanded that Taylor gets justice. 

 

Toniann Gooden

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