We Say Her Name (Part 2): Breonna Taylor-These Officers Are Not Anonymous

The most disturbing thing in this case of Breonna Taylor is that these officers are still free. Still free! Yet, we know the phrasing that accompanies the social media activism:

“Today is a good day to arrest the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.”

The predicate phrase of to arrest the officers who killed Breonna Taylor gives this false anonymity–murderers shouldn’t be afforded this! Why should they? A police officers uniform is not a cloak of invisibility! It does not render the wearer immune to criticism! If anything, you have the right to act on behalf of the state up to and including to taking the life of someone? The citizenry that pays you should have a right to weigh in on heinous and egregious actions!

These officers broke into a woman’s house, while she was in bed, and shot and killed her. Only to find out they were in the wrong house, and left her to die in the arms of the man she loved! A woman whose job was to help people as a first responder, was murdered by other first responders–who gave her no aid.

Let me say it this way:

Brett Hakinson broke into Breonna Taylor’s house and shot and killed her. He does not need to be free. Arrest him!

Johnathan Mattingly broke into Breonna Taylor’s house and shot and killed her. He does not need to be free. Arrest him!

Myles Cosgrove broke into Breonna Taylor’s house and shot and killed her. He does not need to be free. Arrest him!

The fact that they were able to leave her there after they shot her? That tells me all I need to know about the caliber of ‘officer’ this department has! It also displays the complete disregard for life, and their responsibility to protect and serve. Especially, when it concerns the lives and welfare of Black women and men!

I want to know what the conversation was as her boyfriend demanded they do something. What did they say when he demanded they help her? Who what the first person to realize they were in the wrong house? Who was the first one to say they should leave?

Just. Leave.

She’s just a Black girl…who would notice, right?

No, they should never have a moment’s peace. They shouldn’t be employed. They should not be free. They should not be afforded the anonymity this prepositional phrase offers!

They killed her. They left her. They let her die.

They need to inherit the whirlwind.

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