BLACK WOMEN MATTER

Two Years Later, And We're Still Demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor's Death

Why we should keep her name and the calls for justice alive

Allison Wiltz
Published in
4 min readMar 13, 2022

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Breonna Taylor Memorial March 2021 | Photo Credit | SkyNews

Two years ago today, on March 13, 2020, officers entered Breonna Taylor's home in Louisville, Kentucky, shooting and killing the 26-year old first responder. Officers clearly botched the raid because the individual listed on the warrant did not live at that location. Afterward, the district attorney's office refused to charge Hankison for shooting Taylor. As a result, none of the officers involved were held accountable.

Since then, Breonna Taylor has become a household name. Most Americans are familiar with the story, though sadly, her death did not spark nationwide reforms which would protect Black women, men, and children. In Kentucky, lawmakers passed a partial ban on no-knock warrants, and Biden's administration limited the use of no-knock warrants executed by federal officers. Still, throughout much of America, no-knock warrants are still permitted.

Without passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, America has no official database for citizens killed in police custody. Police are out here policing themselves. The New York Times conducted an investigation determining officers killed 81 civilians when serving no-knock warrants between 2010 and 2016. But, we shouldn’t have to rely on a private news organization to report these deaths. Where is the accountability?

In a clear erosion of 4th Amendment rights, a "1995 ruling opened the door to exceptions, and exceptions ended up swallowing the rule,” allowing officers to continue executing no-knock warrants. Americans should demand accountability from police officers because, in the absence of that accountability, more innocent citizens will die, executed with the tax dollars we provide to police departments. Black women are out here mourning the loss of Breonna Taylor. Meanwhile, American police just hit a new record last year for citizens they killed. And according to a new report by the Washington Post, "More than $1.5 billion has been spent to settle claims of police misconduct involving thousands of officers repeatedly accused of wrongdoing. Yet, taxpayers are often in the dark."

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Allison Wiltz
The Pink

Womanist Scholar bylines @ Momentum, Oprah Daily, ZORA, GEN, EIC of Cultured #WEOC Founder allisonthedailywriter.com https://ko-fi.com/allyfromnola