Celebrities are taking to Twitter to express their outrage over a Louisville grand jury’s decision not to bring murder charges against any of the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Former Det. Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing gunshots during a raid on Taylor’s home on March 13. The other two officers involved, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove, were not indicted.
Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron said Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire at the police when they burst into her apartment, making Mattingly and Cosgrove justified in returning fire. Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment because his shots were also fired at neighboring apartments in the complex where Taylor lived.
Hollywood stars are not happy about the ruling. Some of the celebrities chiming in on Twitter include Kerry Washington, Mandy Moore, Viola Davis, Common, Ava DuVernay and Mia Farrow, to name a few.
As we reported earlier, AG Cameron said during an address that “celebrities, influencers, and activists” will “try to tell us how to feel” about the decision. As we also reported, MSNBC’s Joy Reid was among those outraged by the grand jury’s decision, calling it a “black lives don’t matter ruling.”
See tweets below from some of those expressing outrage.
Bulls— decision!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Cannot be said enough times. https://t.co/HOrDQzHJ0d
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) September 23, 2020
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) September 23, 2020
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 23, 2020
God bless Breonna’s family and all who knew and loved her. Her tragic death compounded by the violence of silence and inaction by the city she called home is more than any of them should have to endure. https://t.co/fcDmIWHlDS
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 23, 2020
— COMMON (@common) September 23, 2020
So, no one is responsible for killing #BreonnaTaylor ?
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 23, 2020
— dan levy (@danjlevy) September 23, 2020
No. Officers. Charged. In. The. Killing. Of. #BreonnaTaylor.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) September 23, 2020
Black Lives Matter. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. What has been announced in Kentucky is not even remotely in the realm of anything that even begins to approach true justice for her murder. #BlackLivesMatter #BreonnaTaylorWasMurdered
— Anthony Rapp Black Lives Matter (@albinokid) September 23, 2020
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) September 23, 2020
The Justice system has failed #BreonnaTaylor. It has failed everyone.
— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) September 23, 2020
Brett Hankinson, one of Breonna Taylor’s murderers, was NOT charged with murder, but with wanton endangerment. This crime is punishable with up to five years in prison. That’s one year for each bullet fired into her sleeping body. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. #JusticeForBreonna
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) September 23, 2020
Brett Hankison is indicted for shooting into the apartment NEXT to Breonna Taylor & not for KILLING HER.
He’s fired for shooting into BREONNA TAYLOR’S apartment & not for KILLING HER.
This is systemic racism.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) September 23, 2020
In the middle of the night on March 13th Breonna Taylor, a 26 year-old EMT and aspiring nurse was shot dead by @LMPD officers in the hallway of her home.
She was a better version of me,” said her mom Tamika Palmer, a dialysis technician. “Full of life. Easy to love.” pic.twitter.com/jnaMSbvLTm
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 23, 2020
Hey @kyoag we don’t have to live in Louisville to know how you dropped the ball on this. #BreonnaTaylor was a citizen of the world and that’s why you will continue to see our protests of injustice across the globe. ✊?
— Bryan Greenberg (@bryangreenberg) September 23, 2020
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