In Taylor case, limits of law overcome calls for justice
Added 09-23-20 06:22:01pm EST - “"Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor" became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters filled the streets demanding police accountability. In the end, none of the…” - Washingtontimes.com
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“Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” became a rallying cry this summer, emblazoned on T-shirts worn by celebrities and sports stars while protesters filled the streets demanding police accountability. In the end, none of the officers were charged with Taylor’s killing, although one was indicted for wildly shooting into neighboring apartments.
The outcome demonstrates the vast disconnect between the public’s perception of what justice should look like and the limits of the law when police use deadly force.
“Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief,” Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American elected to the job in Kentucky, told reporters after the grand jury announced its decision on Wednesday. “And that is, that is true here. But my heart breaks for the loss of Miss Taylor.”
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Taylor, a 26-year-old Louisville emergency medical worker studying to become a nurse, was shot several times in her hallway after three plainclothes narcotics detectives busted down the door of her apartment after midnight on March 13. The officers entered the home on a no-knock warrant as part of an investigation into a suspect who lived across town. No drugs were found at Taylor’s home.
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