The spasms of outrage against police brutality and the racial injustice that have shaken the United States since last May have found new arguments. A Louisville grand jury (Kentucky) ha left unpunished the three white cops that they killed the African American woman in March Breonna Taylor after breaking into the house she shared with her boyfriend during an investigation in which they made the wrong suspects. The controversial verdict of the popular jury only accuses one of the policemen, but he does not do it for shooting Taylor, but against the occupants of an adjoining house. The judicial resolution of the case has been received with protests on the streets of Louisville, where the first violent clashes with the police.
The name Breonna Taylor has been one of the war cries of Black Lives Matter, the movement that has led the protests against racism of the last few months. Public figures like Michelle Obama The Oprah Winfrey they called for justice to be done and the Democratic leadership invoked his death to condemn police excesses. But that justice has so far moved with remarkable slowness and little transparency. The city refused to make public the autopsy reports or the images that the agent cameras Plainclothes who broke into his home with a warrant obtained for a narcotics investigation. Inside They found no drugs or the suspect what were they looking for.
Instead they ran into Taylor, a 26-year-old health worker who was sleeping when they broke down the door, and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who, before shooting several times at the agents with a legally obtained weapon, called 911 to alert them of the apparent entry of intruders into the house. Walker emerged unscathed from the collision, but Taylor, who was unarmed, received eight shots in the hall. “Is a scandalous and offensive decision& rdquor ;, said the victim’s attorney after hearing the verdict.
Police lawyers argued during the trial that the officers fired to protect themselves and that they identified themselves before entering the home, a claim denied by Walker and several witnesses. But the agents have had the backing of the fiscal general de Kentucky, Daniel Cameron, the first African-American to hold the office in state history. Republican and very close to President Trump, who came to include him in his list of future candidates to fill the vacancy of the Supreme Court after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Cameron defended the verdict and the actions of the police, which in his opinion acted in self-defense. “Criminal justice was not conceived to respond to every lament and mourning,” he said at a press conference.
But among civil rights activists and protesters who took to the streets, the frustration was palpable. Some cried after hearing the verdict, before marching through the periphery of Louisville, which erected barricades in its urban center after declaring the state of emergency. “I know our community is very disappointed, & rdquor;” said the president of the Urban League in the city, Sadiqa Reynolds. “We live in one very racist societyto. To think that charges would be brought against white police officers or anyone in uniform for taking the life of a young black woman was a very unlikely idea in this city and this country & rdquor ;.
The next few hours in Louisville will be high risk. Some media showed images of white paramilitaries arriving in the city, supposedly to defend it from possible disturbances by protesters. Asked about the verdict, Trump slipped the answer to present himself as a champion of black rights. “I love the black community and have done more for it than any president, perhaps with the exception of Lincoln & rdquor ;.