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The Taylor family attorney Benjamin Crump has been talking to Savannah Guthrie on Today this morning.
Clearly emotional, Crump said that yesterday’s events “underscores what I’ve said many times. We seem to have two justice systems in America, one for black America, and one for white America.”
They had wanton endangerment for the white neighbor’s apartment, the bullets going there. But not for the bullets going into Breonna Taylor’s body. Nor do they have wanton endangerment for the bullets that went into the black neighbor’s apartment above Breonna.
If you have wanton endangerment for somebody shooting blindly, or officers shooting recklessly, wouldn’t that rise to the occasion of wanton murder in Brianna’s case? Because she died. Then you need to make that argument to the grand jury. Breonna’s name wasn’t even listed on the indictment. So you talk about transparency, Breonna’s family would love to see the grand jury transcript to see if there was any evidence presented for Breonna Taylor’s perspective. I mean, nothing seems to say that Breonna mattered.
“We seem to have two justice systems in America, one for Black America and one for white America.” Benjamin Crump, attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor, says to @SavannahGuthrie. pic.twitter.com/iqAwqUZ3u5
Anand Giridharadas has published on The Ink this morning a conversation with Kentucky state representative Charles Booker. He is a former Democratic candidate for the Senate, and a family friend of Breonna Taylor. He told Giridharadas:
The powerful thing about Breonna, in her life and her death, is that she is telling the story of structural inequity, the story of generational poverty, of criminalization. The arc of her life shows her overcoming adversity as a young Black lady trying to advance her career in the face of folks who don’t want to give her a chance because of where she’s from, her name’s pronunciation, whom she’s related to. It showed the dynamic of lack of investment in communities, and the criminalization of communities that ultimately led to a justice system trying to crack down, to the benefit of development in cities. All of this led to her door being kicked in.
I think you need stories like this to help shine the light more broadly. Breonna Taylor was good friends with my family. Being able to see her as a human being that was doing the best she could, connected to people that felt like they didn’t have any options. And then, facing the brunt of the justice system that saw her as a deadly weapon before seeing her as a human being. All of that is on full display. And it happened in her home.
If you want a quick recap of what happened overnight, our multimedia team have put this report together on the Breonna Taylor demonstrations and protests.
Welcome to our live coverage of the day’s politics in the US, which will be dominated today by reaction to the grand jury decision yesterday not to charge any of the officers involved with the killing of Breonna Taylor. Here’s a quick round-up of where we are, and what is in the diary for today
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