FACTS

    Investigations into the death of Breonna Taylor are still underway as demands for justice continue nationwide. Taylor, a 26 year old black EMT, was shot to death by three police officers conducting a no-knock search warrant in Louisville, Kentucky, in March of this year. Her boyfriend, who thought the officers were invaders, shot one of them, and the officers returned fire, hitting Taylor eight times. The warrant was issued to investigate two drug dealers with whom Taylor was suspected to have ties. No drugs were found. The lawsuit filed by her family claimed that the officers acted “with a total disregard for the value of human life.”

    LEFT

    The Left is appalled at the lack of justice that has been served and are calling for charges against the officers. It is argued that the officers continued to shoot long after was necessary for their safety, and many have questioned the validity of the warrant.

    “I’m not surprised Breonna Taylor’s taken more than four months to be brought to justice because we’ve taken more than four hundred years to be brought to justice as black people.”

    Jecorey Arthur, professor at Simmons College of Kentucky and Metro Council member

    The family’s attorney Sam Aguiar said that if the long delay results in “sufficient charges” of those “responsible for the bad warrant, for any obstruction of justice,” then he will be satisfied. Many across the nation have expressed outrage at the government’s failure to act.

    RIGHT

    The Right believes action should be taken but that a full investigation is necessary before charges can be made. A recent investigation by seven experienced defense lawyers (three of them black), who are not involved in the case, found that murder charges were not warranted, but three agreed that the officers should be charged with wanton endangerment. Some have pointed out that the officers repeatedly knocked and announced their presence before entering (which is not required with a no-knock warrant), they were simply following orders given to them, and they were acting in self-defense by firing.

    “The seemingly unending list of unarmed black men who have been and continue to be gunned down by white police officers … does not and cannot justify the return of an indictment based on revenge rather than the facts of the case and the law.”

    Jan Waddell, Sr. Attorney at Law
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