NFL players disappointed with Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

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A number of NFL players have expressed disappointment and frustration over Wednesday’s announcement that a Kentucky grand jury has not laid any charges against Louisville Police for its role in the death of Breonna Taylor.

The only indictment brought by the grand jury was three counts of gratuitous endangerment against sacked officer Brett Hankison for shooting at the homes of Taylor’s neighbors during the raid on the night of March 13. The FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law in this matter.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that two officers who had fired their guns at Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves.

Ben Crump, an attorney for Taylor’s family, denounced the decision as “scandalous and offensive”, and protesters shouted “No justice, no peace!” Started walking in the streets. Some sat quietly and cried. Later, clashes broke out between police and protesters, and some were arrested.

Taylor, an emergency medical worker, has been shot and killed by officers who entered her home on a strike ban warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant used to search his house was linked to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside. The use of warrants without striking has since been banned by the Metro Council of Louisville.

With the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Taylor’s case has become a major touchstone for the nationwide protests that have rocked the country since May – calling attention to entrenched racism and demanding police reform. Taylor’s image was painted in the streets, adorned with protest panels and screen-printed on t-shirts worn by celebrities.

“If it was my sister or my mom or my dad – or, if I have kids one day, one of my kids – I’d be pissed off. Very pissed off, ”said Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins. “The most important thing in this business is to understand that life is not fair. We need to understand that you don’t always get what you want. It’s really disappointing because justice should be served for her death, Breonna Taylor, and this movement in general, this Black Lives Matter, and to understand the neglect of not just black people, but people of color in general.

“Injustices, police brutality and systemic racism and anything of that nature is bigger than sports or politics or the color of your skin. This is how you treat people. I was always taught growing up with my mom and dad, you treat people the way you want to be treated. If I treat people the way they have been treated, then no one respects that and I wouldn’t be where I am today. … We must do better as a country and as a people. ”

Earlier this month, the New Orleans Saints launched a season-long #SayHerName campaign to support black women in social justice and racial equality.

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