One year ago Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky apartment. Three plainclothes officers forced their way into her residence as part of a drug arrest. Around midnight the police say they knocked and then used a battering ram to break down the door. Taylor’s companion, Kenneth Walker, claims that no one identified themselves, so he called 911 and fired a warning shot with his licensed firearm. He accidentally wounded Officer Mattingly in the leg and the police returned with 32 rounds with six hitting and injuring Taylor. No effort was made to transport her to the hospital. She died on the floor of her hallway.
This situation was “wrong” from the start. Walker thought he had a right to defend himself, but shortly he faced criminal chares of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. Jamarcus Glover, who was the subject of their no-knock raid, was already in police custody at the time of the shooting. And there’s more. As a ex/boyfriend and best friend of Breonna’s brother, Glover and had used her bank account with her knowledge, which was poor judgement on her part. Later on Glover was offered a plea deal IF he would testify that Taylor was part of his drug dealing operation. Glover refused saying “None justify a murder. Nothing. You can’t justify it. She innocent. She dead innocent.”
Does it matter that the officers are white and everyone else in this story is black? Yes, to a degree, but not in every respect. That night all the participants were making decisions based upon their points of view. The police may have thought they were performing their duties, but they were misinformed and behaving rashly. Kenneth Walker was trying to protect Breonna but he began the shooting. Glover, who started the trouble had been apprehended, So nothing was “cut and dried” for anyone except for Breonna. She’s gone and never coming back. None of her efforts to improve herself or to help others means much unless we respect her death.
#75 SAT GEM
Breonna Taylor was born on Saturday in the zodiac sign of Gemini. Saturn is the ruler of her INNER Self and Mercury governs her OUTER Self. The #75 SAT GEM Dayology Signature creates strong individuals who like to think for themselves and tend to go their own way. It’s not that they are actually loners, but that they have an attraction to difficult or solo missions.
Taylor only made it to the age of 26 but her life was filled with struggles and achievements. At the time of her death she was employed as an emergency medical technician for the city of Louisville, Kentucky. People with Saturn Day Rays generally choose difficult vocations or they find themself in tough spots of various kinds. They always welcome the challenge of rising above their difficulties and are at their best when helping others to stand up for themselves.
Now when we “say her name” let’s understand that Breonna’s situation was complicated by racism, poverty and crime. Breanna was doing her best within the conditions of her life. In a sense this may be true even for the law officers, even though their hearts were filled with fear and hate. Let’s agree that the U.S. Law Enforcement System needs to be tried, convicted and offered opportunities for rehabilitation. And then let ‘s support that change in sensible ways.
DATA – SayHerName
40 black females killed
by law enforcement.