Breonna Taylor, BLM and the Election


Marcos Rodriguez, Reporter

In today’s day and age, it may seem as if everything is getting worse, especially when it comes to race related violence. Last spring, about the time we all went home from school because of the corona virus, some police in Louisville, Kentucky shot and killed 26 year old Breonna Taylor right in her own home. The police had a no-knock warrant to do a drug raid on a small apartment against a twice convicted drug dealer.  A “no-knock” warrant means they can enter a home or apartment without even having to knock. In this case, the police entered without knocking and were fired upon by Breonna’s boyfriend. He fired a pistol round at a cop, thinking he could be a home intruder. The police fired back, shooting off 20 rounds into the apartment, assuming the boyfriend was hostile. Though Breonna’s boyfriend (the alleged drug dealer) was injured, the firefight killed the dealer’s girlfriend, Breonna Taylor. 

The shooting and killing of Breonna Taylor only became a bigger story after the killing of George Floyd. The Black Lives Matters movement took to the streets and people of every race decided it was time to do something.

Protests all over the country were getting bigger and bigger and then something happened that really got people upset. The police officers who’d gone to Breonna Taylor’s home and fired the shots that killed her and injured her boyfriend had not been charged with a crime, but everyone waited to see if any of them would be held responsible for her death. After a lot of debate, they decided that none of the police officers would be charged with a crime. The decision set off nights of rioting in the streets of Louisville and across the nation.

So, who was in the wrong? Should the police have fired shots into the apartment? Should they have been given a no-knock warrant? Should Breonna’s boyfriend have fired a shot at the police (even though he thought they were intruders)? Should they have responded by firing 20 rounds? Should the boyfriend have been dealing drugs in the first place? And, finally, should the officers that killed her have been charged with a crime.

The raid was at midnight, when it would have been hard to see the target, probably the cost of Breonna’s death. I believe the physical situation was a misunderstanding. The boyfriend shot a cop believing he was a home intruder, and the cops shot back defending their lives with no understanding of what the boyfriend was thinking.

Some officials say the cops are not supposed to take on that task, and it should have been left to the swat team who could have done a more professional job. But, that’s not how it happened. Instead, people took to the streets after a long and unfortunate chain of events. Everyone was angry. First George Floyd, and now this!

Protestors in the streets are shouting, “no justice, no peace.” Breonna Taylor’s death, like George Floyd’s, again brings up the question, would these things have happened if George Floyd or Breonna and her boyfriend had been white? We don’t know. What we do know is that a lot of people are taking to the streets because they believe justice is not being done, and some of those charged with protecting us aren’t being held responsible for their behavior when the victim is black.

For now, it’s all become a big part of the fall election. Will the BLM movement make a difference in who wins and who loses? And, in the end, will it make a difference, whoever wins?

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