Michelle Cusseaux (August 14, 2014), Natasha McKenna (February 8, 2015) , and Sandra Bland (July 13, 2015) are just a few names of African American women over the years who have been killed by police.
The killings still continue to happen. On March 13, 2020, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her apartment while asleep in her bed after the Louisville Kentucky Police Department issued and allowed officers to execute a “No Knock Warrant.”
Around 1 a.m. that morning Breonna Taylor lost her life senselessly suffering from a minimum of eight gun shot wounds at the hands of three white police officers who carried out a botched raid.
These officers rammed down the door to Taylor’s home in the early hours of the morning failing to knock and announce themselves all while dressed in plain street clothing.
This unfathomable occurrence also led to her boyfriend, 27-year-old Kenneth Walker, being arrested and charged with attempted murder because he opened fired trying to protect himself and Breonna from who anyone would have consider intruders.
Walker recalls Breonna Taylor still being alive fighting for her life for nearly five minutes after being shot. He gave details of her struggling to breathe while also coughing blood and no medical treatment was administered to her.
The charges against him have been dropped.
The dilemma continues because the murderers of Breonna Taylor are still free and this has led to weeks of unrest and protest throughout Louisville, Kentucky and across the world.
This past week the same police department that refuses to arrest and charge the officers responsible for Taylor’s death instead arrested and charged 87 protestors with felonies of intimidating a participant in a legal process as they sat on the Attorney Generals lawn demanding the officers responsible for her death have charges filed against them.
Along with the felony charges the protestors faced that have also now been dropped they face two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass.
Many are tired of questioning the justice system. Police can be caught on camera using excessive force or killing individuals who they are sworn to protect and serve. It seems like a foreign language in America to have officers who commit such heinous crimes to actually be charged, arrested, and convicted.
Many have stated they will continue to protest until all officers involved have been arrested for Taylor’s murder.
African American woman who suffer at the hands of officers often times get overshadowed in all of the other chaos officers are causing like the unjust murders of unarmed black men.
We must never forget and continue to #saytheirnames #sayhername and continue to demand justice and challenge the broken criminal justice system America has instituted.