No justice achieved for Breonna Taylor

Ivory Easton, Contributing writer

I believe in our justice system, but Breonna Taylor’s case was an exception.

Why did two armed police officers not address that they were entering the residence?

I am consumed with bewilderment that these practices of search and warrant were not addressed before entering Taylor’s home. Breonna’s verdict is not very cut and dry, there were loopholes that two of the officers were not indicted in the verdict.

In this case, two Louisville Metro Police officers responded to a narcotics raid.

They were armed and conducting a search warrant; they entered the wrong house without knocking and announcing their presence.

They also did not wear body cameras, breaking protocol. Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker thought the two police officers were intruders and fired a warning shot.

Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were those police officers. The defense attorney contested that Mattingly and Cosgrove that were first fired upon by Taylor’s boyfriend, and therefore “were justified in their use of force.”

They did not have the best intentions going into this raid. They are police officers whose job is to serve and protect, not to go into a home unannounced and fire, guns blazing.

They could have addressed the search better. I agree with Carl Takei, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Criminal Law Reform Project, that “…Justice would have been [Louisville Metro Police Department] officers never shooting Breonna Taylor in the first place.”

The death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician was a loss of a beautiful woman to a fatal shooting at the hands of three police officers for a crime she did not commit.

Brett Hankison was the only officer tried and convicted of three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for bullets shot into neighboring apartments. The state said there were some discrepancies in terms of which officer fired the shot that killed Taylor, but the FBI ran ballistics and found that Cosgrove fired the shot that killed Taylor.

I know that a bill being passed does not change the dynamics of this case, a loss of a life. However, Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott proposed “Breonna’s Law” which requires police officers executing search and warrant to knock and verbally announce themselves.

This law also says that all police personnel must activate their body cameras while serving a warrant.

A preventive measure to make sure that nothing like this should ever happen again. All three officers should have their day in court and face the charges stacked against them.

In a perfect world this is justice. I believe that the other two that were not indicted recently will have their time for justice soon.