Just after midnight on March 13th, Louisville police officers used a battering ram to enter the apartment of Breonna Taylor, a 26 year old women who worked as an emergency room technician. Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, were in bed but got up as soon as they heard the loud banging at the door. Kenneth Walker fired his gun and the police also fired several shots, hitting Breonna Taylor, at least 8 times, killing her. The police were looking for two men who they believed to be selling drugs out of a house that was far from Breonna Taylor's home. The police had a "no - knock" warrant which allowed them to enter Breonna's house with no warning and without identifying themselves. There were no drugs found in her apartment. Among three of the officers involved, one officer (Brett Hankison) was fired, two officers (Jon Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove) have been placed on administrative reassignment. Yet none of these officers have faced criminal charges.
In a world full of diversity, people of colour, especially African- Americans are targeted by police. Did Breonna Taylor's colour of her skin justify getting shot and killed in her own house? It is mandatory that police officers are provided with more training, as it is clear that there is evident racial profiling in the law enforcement.
Oppression and Power
It is an obvious abuse of power when police officers are taking lives rather than protecting them. When black people are facing oppression on a daily basis from people of power, we know something is wrong. In Breonna Taylor's case, the police officers abused their power and took her life as a result.
As many know, the death of George Floyd and many other innocent black people, started the Black Lives Matter movement. In this movement, through protesting and rioting, many are fighting for justice to be served. When oppression is a daily situation that many black people face, it is only just that change must take place.