NBA players react to no officers getting charged directly for Breonna Taylor’s murder
A former Louisville police officer has been indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for his actions in the Breonna Taylor murder, but he was not charged for Taylor’s death, and NBA players are furious.
Brett Hankison has been indicted for allegedly firing blindly through a door and window in Taylor’s building, per CNN. The other two officers, Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were not charged and a few NBA players took to social media to express their anger:
I don’t have many words right now…. but all I can say is I’m praying for the city of Louisville right now!!! 😔😔
Justice > money !!
— JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) September 23, 2020
I lived in the VILLE for three years of my life and it became another home to me, but wow what’s happen? These are the charges you actually come up with? 😔🤦🏿♂️ Nothing to say but WOW SPEECHLESS!
Praying for the city of LOUISVILLE 😔😔.
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) September 23, 2020
Can’t put a price on JUSTICE!!!! They know exactly what they doing. https://t.co/kXmT2IpaX8
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 23, 2020
The cops that murdered Breonna Taylor knew this is how it would play out from the moment it happened. They were never worried about justice being served.
Slap on the wrist for MURDER, but 10 yrs for tearing down a punk ass statue!
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) September 23, 2020
It’s no surprise all these NBA players are upset. During his press conference on Wednesday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that the officers were “justified in their use of force.”
“I know that not everyone will be satisfied,” Cameron said of the grand jury decision.
“Our job is to present the facts to the grand jury, and the grand jury then applies the facts … If we simply act on outrage, there is no justice. Mob justice is not justice. Justice sought by violence is not justice. It just becomes revenge.”
At the Walt Disney World bubble in Orlando, Florida, NBA players have been asking for justice for Breonna Taylor, who was shot by the police while she was sleeping in her house. The officers broke down Taylor’s door while executing a “no-knock” warrant in a narcotics investigation back in March that involved her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker III.
On Sept. 15, the city of Louisville announced a $12 million settlement for Taylor’s family, but it’s clear NBA players wanted the cops arrested and charged for murder.