On the 30th day of continued protest, we finally start rounding up some of the positive outcomes of going to war with systematic oppression in the United States. But today's focus will be on Breonna Taylor's story after yesterday marked the day that one of the officers involved in her death was finally fired.
Keep scrolling to learn about Breonna's heartbreaking story.
Breonna Taylor would have been twenty-seven this month.
via: Getty ImagesBut her life was savagely cut short on March 13th by 3 police officers who shot her 8 times in her own home.
Breonna was just like any one of us.
But there's one thing that made her stand out from us.
via: Getty ImagesShe was a black woman. In America, being a black woman means you only earn half the respect of your white female counterpart, and only a quarter when confronted with a white male.
In the most bittersweet form, she only received the love she deserved after her death.
Maybe the police officers would have thought twice about it if they could see her badge.
via: Getty ImagesBut all they saw was black. And that's all it took for them to fire more than 20 rounds, 8 of them tearing through Breonna's flesh.
It all started in the early hours of March 13th.
But he was woken up by what he thought was a violent break-in.
via: Getty ImagesThe officers had allegedly received a tip-off that they were going to be involved in a drug raid, so executed a "no-knock" search warrant which involved breaking into their home.
Without announcing their arrival, Walker believed a home invasion was taking place.
And if things couldn't get any worse, Walker was later accused of attempted murder.
via: Getty ImagesIf I need to explain to you why that's wrong, then you, my dear friend, are beyond help at this point. However, the charges were dropped after further investigation conveyed negligence on behalf of the police officers.
The officers even claimed that they did announce their arrival.
Then it was brushed under the carpet like an innocent woman wasn't killed in the crossfire.
via: Getty ImagesRather than opening an investigation into the fatal incident, the Louisville Police Department disregarded the case as nothing but a mistake, and none of the officers faced any sort of consequences for their reckless actions.
The only question to ask at this point was "why?"
This careless behavior has been happening for decades.
via: Getty ImagesYou can't wear a hoodie while you're black (Trayvon Martin). You can't jog while you're black (Ahmaud Arbery). You can't fall asleep in a parking lot if you're black (Rayshard Brooks). You can't be peacefully pulled over if you're black (Sandra Bland). You can't play with a toy gun if you're black (Tamir Rice). You can't even beg for your life while you're black (George Floyd).
Two months after her death, Breonna's family filed a lawsuit.
The state also banned the "no-knock" warrant search.
via: Getty ImagesLouisville's city council voted unanimously, 26-0, in favor of banning the controversial law and re-named it in honor of Breonna. Her mother said it would "help save lives" the way her daughter intended to do as she was studying to be a qualified nurse.
Meanwhile, the police officers responsible for her death continued their daily lives.
Or maybe it's because they knew they would get away with it.
via: Getty ImagesBlack men and women are being targeted every single day, whether they "look suspicious" or whether they "posed a threat" or not. It's so deeply rooted in American history that it has become a callous tradition. And if you can't see it. It's because you choose not to.
We're now on Day 103 since Breonna's death and we have had one small win.
This is not about your political stance.
via: Getty ImagesThis is about basic human rights. Black people should not have to fear death from just walking down the street. Their lives should have never been politicized, that's where we went wrong because now we have people debating whether or not black people essentially have the right to live. What kind of bull**** is that?