Outrage!!!

It was late at night on March 13th 2020 when three police officers claim they knocked on Breonna Taylor’s door in Louisville, Kentucky.  Breonna, tired from a long day at work as an emergency room technician at the University of Louisville Health department, and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep and did not hear the knock.  What they did hear was three Louisville police officers using a battering ram to break down the door in a forced entry to the apartment.  Mr. Walker, thinking a robber was breaking in, reached for his gun and fired a single shot, hitting one of the officers in the leg.  What happened next is absolute proof that the Louisville Police Department needs training and psychological evaluations for its officers!

All three officers opened fire, releasing a torrent of some 32 rounds of ammunition into the apartment, six of which hit Breonna Taylor who by this time was standing in the hallway.  An ambulance that had been standing by, had been told to leave by the officers before they entered the apartment, and it was several minutes before another ambulance was even called, during which time Ms. Taylor was not given any medical attention for more than 20 minutes.  By the time an ambulance did arrive, Breonna Taylor was dead.

The officers’ claims that they both knocked and vocally announced themselves before breaking in are questionable, to say the least.  Out of 12 neighbors, including one who was outside smoking a cigarette at the time, only one says he heard the officers knock and his story has been inconsistent and therefore questionable.  The warrant they were serving was for neither Ms. Taylor nor Mr. Walker, but rather was for an ex-boyfriend of Ms. Taylor’s, Jamarcus Glover, who in fact lived miles away.  Can we say “incompetence”?

Here’s the most infuriating part, though … ONLY ONE of the officers was ever charged in the shooting, and he was NOT the one who actually shot Breonna Taylor!

The three officers who let loose 32 rounds into Ms. Taylor’s apartment are, left to right, Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove.  It was Cosgrove whose shots killed Breonna Taylor, but he was not indicted, nor was Mattingly.  Brett Hankison was the only one of the three to be indicted and that was only because he fired his weapon through a wall, into the adjoining apartment where a man, a pregnant woman and a 5-year-old boy were home.  Hankison was indicted on three counts of ‘wanton endangerment’.

Yesterday, a jury found Hankison ‘not guilty’ on all three counts.

And so, once again, a Black person’s life has no value in the world of white men.  Once again, being a police officer seems to render a person ‘above the law’.  Once again, the courts have failed, the system of justice in the United States has proven incapable of administering justice.  Now, let me ask you something here … do you think the outcome for the officers would have been different if the victim had been white and any or all of the officers had been Black?

Once again I cry tears of shame for this nation.  Breonna Taylor … SAY HER NAME!!!!

47 thoughts on “Outrage!!!

  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. it all comes down to the mindset of the policeman/woman, soldier, etc… not likely any amount of training with change the mindset and that training may actually give them the opportunity to cover and justify their actions… all one needs to do is get an idea of the mindset of the people in their working environment and that is how the officer is going to think… 🙂

    Until we meet again…
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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    • I think that along with increased training, I would advocate for annual psychiatric exams to determine prejudices or other factors that might make them a risk. I don’t know the answer, but I know we cannot continue letting police kill people willy-nilly as they have been for the past decade or so. But then, I still advocate removing guns from the hands of the public, which would no doubt make the job of the police much easier! Thanks for the lovely Irish Saying, my friend! Hope you are well and happy!

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  2. a torrent of some 32 rounds of ammunition into the apartment, What did they think they were confronting? An army of zombies hiding out in the apartment???

    Just one more example of a miscarriage of justice (although there have been some GOOD outcomes lately … and it’s about time!)

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    • Exactly!!! 32 rounds in response to a single shot by a man rudely awakened out of a deep sleep to hear his door being broken down is OVERKILL! Yep, just one more example … how many more do we need before we stop partisan bickering and insist on police reform?

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  3. Looking from outside suggests a mentality akin to an occupying force in a hostile war zone.
    It has to be said being in police forces put you face to face with the ugly side of Nature. That means Officers develope a very cagey mentality. Add to that the wanton proliferation of guns and hostile white politicians and commentators shouting their mouths off and you have a very toxic mix.
    There is something very very wrong here.
    Must be hell being an ordinary cop trying to do your job…..and getting mocking peer pressure from your more aggressive colleagues.

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    • I’m sure it’s not easy, but these three were obviously not ‘good cops’ … you just don’t need to fire 32 rounds in response to a single gun shot! Overkill? And again, what if Breonna and Kenneth had been white … might the cops have tried to take him down without firing a single shot, or firing a single shot to maim, not kill? Sigh. This is the best evidence I know for police reform, for training and psychological testing on a regular basis.

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      • Here’s a common one…
        ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ Who will guard the guards themselves?’
        Originally from a play by Juvenal and actually a commentary of marital fidelity, this has moved into the lexicon as a concern about those charged with our security and safekeeping.
        Once a society either as a whole loses faith in its law enforcement agencies or wholly polarises on the subject, then we have a problem.
        The overhaul of the police forces in a federated and currently polarised nation on the size of the USA is one massive task.
        President Biden (45th President of the USA) has signal he is taking a middle road by saying funding and not defunding will be the solution.
        It is going to be difficult. There will not be a simple solution. There are many perspectives, opinions and questions.

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        • Yes, it will be difficult and I’m not sure how successful it will be, especially in the southern states, but to allow things to continue as they are, to give officers a slap on the wrist for killing someone, is unacceptable … at least to me. Did I ever tell you about the time a cop came here, hand on his gun, and accused Natasha, who was then about 11 years old, of stealing? I was so angry … I told him to get out of my house and that he had no right to intimidate my granddaughter … I held the door open and he did leave, but sat in his cruiser in front of the house for a long time. The next day, two detectives came and apologized when I told them what he had done! That’s just one example of today’s police force in this nation. Sigh.

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  4. Indeed.

    I do not comment here very often. I do receive email notifications of new posts, which I try to open when I can because this is Good Stuff. I am commenting now because I felt something, quite briefly, that I have not felt in awhile, which is shame.

    Shame that this outrage had flown under my news radar until I looked in my gmail Social tab and saw the subject header. I did not know of the guilty verdict until that moment a few minutes ago. “Hell of a way to learn something,” as one says.

    It is an outrage, because I believe that the Taylor case is one of the most clear-cut prosecutable cases I can point to for more reasons than anyone needs to hear now. Except to say this before I post-and-run because time demands I do a drive-by. I say this in public all the time and will do it here too:

    Her boyfriend did exactly what conservatives say what one is supposed to do.

    It is our twisted interpretation of the Second Amendment that got Taylor killed. And that’s why when there’s no justice, there can be no peace, especially in this case.

    /drive-by

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    • Thank you, DB, for saying my posts are ‘good stuff’! But you have no need to be ashamed, my friend … there is so much news these days that it’s impossible to keep up with everything.

      You are right when you say that the boyfriend did exactly as conservatives who fight against any form of gun laws encourage one to do … self-defense. I hadn’t thought about that, but you are so right. I have often said that the Framers of the Constitution would never have put the 2nd Amendment in if they had been able to envision how the people would expand and misinterpret it. They couldn’t possibly know that assault-style weapons designed only for military use would become a household item for some. Sigh.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

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  6. As Keith said, FEAR REIGNS SUPREME! The criminals fear the cops. The cops fear the criminals. ANYONE ELSE FEARS EVERYONE ELSE. Life was not like this even 40 years ago. I am not saying it was good, but when it should have gotten better IT GOT WORSE. And who is most responsible? The GUN MANUFACTURERS! And the trainers who are teaching cops to shoot first, and ask questions later. IF THERE IS A LATER! Dead people cannot contradict what the police are lying about!
    BREONNA TAYLOR

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    • That is true, but there was a time that cops were told to shoot to disable, not to kill. These days, if they shoot, you can be pretty sure their goal is to kill … especially if the person they’re shooting at happens to be Black.

      You already know I completely agree with you about the gun situation in this country. Yes, the gun manufacturers are partly to blame, but more so are the people of this country who would defend their ‘right’ to own a gun before they would defend their own children. And the legislators who absolutely refuse to enact any form of gun control, even a ban on assault weapons that were NEVER intended for private use, but only for use by the military. We are on a backward trajectory with both guns and race relations … definitely not a good direction. Yes, my friend! BREONNA TAYLOR!!!

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    • Yes, my friend, we see time and time again that this is a racist nation … that’s why people are so afraid of schools teaching factual history, teaching how racism has become embedded in our institutions.

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  7. Jill, while the jury decided a killing was justifiable, that does not make it right. A Black woman (and nurse) is dead because she had bad taste in men. These “no knock” or “knock once and enter” raids cause panic. Anyone awakened by these tactics will be frightened. 32 shots later and a nurse is dead. What we also lose sight of is the police is scared too, which is why they empty their guns and shoot so much. I am reminded of Bruce Springsteen’s song called “American Skin – 41 shots” where a Black man was shot that many times. When I read these stories, I see 12, 14, 16 and so on numbers of shots. They shoot to kill because they are scared.

    So, rather than apprehend a suspect where your not waking someone up in the middle of the night, they should do so to lessen confrontation. Will some suspects get away – maybe. But, will fewer be killed – likely. As for your question about skin color change, the answer is yes it would have made a difference, in tactics, results and jury findings. I am reminded of Tamil Rice, the twelve year old black boy in Cleveland who was shot within five seconds of a policeman seeing a toy gun, while in Detroit later that year, a sixty year old white man was talked out of a rifle over one hour. Five seconds versus an hour.

    Keith

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    • American Skin – 41 shots

      I had occasion to discuss this song for a few minutes with ten adults attending a “Sunday School” class I taught mostly-online just a couple of months ago. I’m glad you mentioned it because a great takeaway of the song is how very pro-cop – and I mean that in the best way possible – it is. The first, hearbreaking verse, is from the perspective of a law enforcement officer literally praying for a man not to die; it seems to me that one would have to have ice water in one’s veins not to empathize.

      I will leave with the finest version of this piece I have yet seen and heard, mostly because Vernon Reid’s signature guitar was so surprising but eloquent in what it DID NOT say. When I first clicked the link and saw the running time I was expecting explosive showmanship. Fireworks.

      Uh-uh.

      If you or anyone has time to focus, watch and listen, great. (Apologies in advance if this YT clip has been discussed to death in here, I have no way of knowing.)

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    • I agree with you about the ‘no-knock’ warrants and I find it interesting that there is no consensus whether the officers actually knocked and announced themselves or not … even the police can’t seem to get their stories straight. But yes, I would be petrified if I woke in the night to hear somebody battering my door down … I don’t own a gun, but I would grab whatever I could find to throw or use as a head-bashing device! And like Breonna, I would likely be shot even if only armed with a table lamp or an insulin syringe!

      I certainly understand the cops being frightened, not knowing what they’ll walk into, but 32 shots in return for a single shot? Seems excessive to me and I still wonder if Breonna and Kenneth had been white, whether the police might have managed to restrain themselves.

      Yes, my friend, there can be no denying that racism exists in this country, even among the police, the very people we pay to protect us. I remember as a child being told that if I ever needed help, I should find a policeman, that the police are our friends. I believed that for a very long time, but I no longer do.

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      • Thanks Jill for the comments and Stands_for_decibels for the powerful rendition of a powerful song. This song is used in Malcolm Gladwell’s great book “Blink” how we make quick decisions using our subconscious, which is a compilation of our experiences and knowledge. We have to train officers repeat the training on not acting hastily. There have been good examples that have been introduced with success around the country that need to be copied. Keith

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        • Thanks, Keith! I had read “The Tipping Point” by Gladwell, but not “Blink” … after reading your comment, I ordered a free sample for my Kindle and may buy the book if I like the sample. Your recommendations are always good! I think a combination of training and psychological testing are at least a good starting point … we certainly cannot continue on the path we’ve been on!

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  8. This is what you get when you allow police to cease being peace officers and upholders of the law and become a paramilitary organization… a tax payer paid militia organization… when you allow police to have military equipment and do not provide military training they will turn on joe citizen and instead of enforcing existing laws and keeping the peace, and treating everyone with respect and not as a suspect… they ( police) control you and your society through fear and intimidation, and minorities are the easiest targets, brutalize them, kill them, especially the innocent ones, throw more of them in prison for obscene lengths of time for the least serious infraction… use minorities to set an example for everyone else…. make you live in fear and outrage… seriously what are you going to do? your white, priveleged, even safer if you are heterosexual and male and Christian.. ( you’re fairly safe as a white woman.. at least they are not likely to kill you) they also promote the 1940s’50’s60’s mentality towards minorities… … but whether you admit it or not… you can be outraged all you like, but you wont actually do anything to change the system.. why? fear… thats why, somewhere deep down inside every white person, you know, if you rise up and take a stand or push too hard to make change… more minorities and innocent people will die by cop to silence you…. its blackmail really… ohhh you don’t want us ( cops) to kill people? be so brutal? … then be a good citizen.. sit down be quiet and turn your head away …. if you persist we will just harm more minorities, be thankful it’s them and not you … if you persist they will switch their focus from minorities and focus their brutality onto you the white people…. thats how they control you… either you risk it all and force change by whatever means, or you back down in submission and do nothing but talk about it and be angry… you’re all a prisoner to the system you eagerly built… you never paid attention or stood up and did anything when the police began to militarize, you never let the government control and monitor them because you dislike government involvement in anything, you call it over reach, so now they answer to no one but themselves… every once in awhile they will sacrifice a couple of their own to the divided legal system to appease the masses and provide you with a false sense of justice( great for stopping riots and revolts) … and now you live in anger and subconscious fear and submission and people like Breanna and thousands of others die every day … for no reason other than to control you, and really what are you honestly going to do about it? … nothing… this is the system you build, and now you are a prisoner of your own making… go ‘merica the land of the ( not so) free … ( just an observation from outside your borders)

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  10. those three officers have every right to look smug. they know they got away with murder and that their pensions are safe, the U,S, is a white world ands only tries to pretend otherwise .No wonder some people are calling for police forces to be cropped and the money saved to be used to push for retraining and for specialist services to be added to the force.

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    • All three were actually fired by the Louisville PD, but are likely employed as security staff somewhere by now. And they walk the streets, free as birds, while Breonna Taylor is still dead. Justice? I think not. Yes, police reform should be at the top of every state’s priority list, but unfortunately it’s not.
      Cwtch

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