Celebrities Demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor

Justice for Breonna Taylor
Justice for Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black medical worker was shot and killed inside her Louisville apartment by police officers who forcefully entered the residence on March 13, after obtaining a “no-knock” search warrant during an investigation.

Now a grand jury has charged one police officer over the raid which resulted in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor at her home. Brett Hankison has been charged, not with Breonna Taylor’s death, but with “wanton endangerment” for firing into a neighbour’s apartment. Two other officers who were involved have not been charged.

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Many of the celebrities had come up against this decision. They demand justice for Breonna. The list of celebrities includes Amy Sedaris, Viola Davis, Ibram X. Kendi, Katie Couric and many more.

American actress Amy Sedaris posted an image of Breonna Taylor demanding Justice.” No justice no peace.#wheredowegofromhere #justiceforbreonnataylor #BLM #vote #votethemout” wrote the actress.

“Bulls— decision!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Cannot be said enough times.” American actress Viola Davis wrote in her Instagram post. Viola also added “The injustice we’re witnessing at this moment can be sensed throughout the nation. It is unacceptable that, once again, culpability has eluded those guilty of state-sanctioned murder. #BreonnaTaylor @naacp No officers charged directly in #BreonnaTaylor‘s death; 1 faces 3 counts overshooting into neighbouring apartments. Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers during a no-knock warrant at her apartment @tvone”.

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American Author Ibram X. Kendi also shared a post demanding justice for  Breonna. Ibram wrote “To not indict the officers for murder is to claim #BreonnaTaylor killed herself. Racist America constantly kills Black people and then tells Black people we killed ourselves. Racism extends past death. But we’ll never stop declaring that our lives matter, that our deaths matter.

American journalist Katie Couric shared her concern over this case. Katie also posted at social media demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. “More than six months after Breonna Taylor — a 26-year-old emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse — was fatally shot in her bed during a botched raid, a Kentucky grand jury has indicted one of the three police officers involved in the shooting.” the journalist wrote.

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More than six months after Breonna Taylor — a 26 year old emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse — was fatally shot in her home during a botched raid, a Kentucky grand jury has indicted one of the three police officers involved in the shooting. Brett Hankison has been indicted on three counts of “wanton endangerment of the first degree.” Under Kentucky law, a person is guilty of this crime when “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, one wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.” The charging decision does not stem from Breonna Taylor’s death, according to Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron, but rather the “substantial danger” created for her neighbors during the shooting. This felony is punishable by fines and up to five years in prison. The other two police officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove were not charged and have not been dismissed from the Louisville Metro Police Department. But according to Kentucky General Daniel Cameron, the FBI crime lab determined that Det. Myles Cosgrove fired the shot that killed Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor’s family has called for criminal charges to be filed against all three of the officers involved in the shooting. Derrick Johnson, the president and chief executive of the @naacp slammed the charging decision calling it a “national disgrace” and added, “The justice system failed Breonna Taylor and, as such, failed us.” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced a countywide curfew from 9 pm – 6:30 am for 72 hours beginning today, and has declared a preemptive state of emergency as the city braces for protests following the ruling. #breakingnews #breonnataylor

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As a large number celebrities and people are demanding justice for Breonna, we can expect a recheck on this aspect. In the coming days this will be a wide spread of protest by people. The above list of celebrities are incomplete as many more are coming up demanding justice.