Justice in the Breonna Taylor case is justice delayed
Taylor was fatally shot in March. The police officers involved in her killing have not been arrested.
It has been more than 100 days since Breonna Taylor was killed by police in her own home in Louisville, Kentucky. Thousands of protesters have chanted her name across the country, demanding justice for the EMT, who would have turned 27 on June 5.
As the country is reckoning with its history of racist police violence, many advocates want to know why charges still haven’t been filed against the officers who shot her dead. Meanwhile, those who want to abolish the carceral state are rethinking what justice in the Taylor case should actually look like.
Most advocates agree that another Black woman is dead because of a lack of police accountability — and something needs to change.
Breonna Taylor’s family is reportedly not happy that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is celebrating his personal life while they continue to wait for justice.
Photos surfaced over the weekend of Cameron and his fiancee, who is white, hosting an engagement party with friends and family. Beyonce’s mother Tina Lawson reposted the pics, along with many others, and criticized Cameron for the tone deaf post while justice for the 26-year-old’s death has been inexcusably delayed.
City, police and Breonna Taylor’s attorneys agree to protective order making evidence in lawsuit confidential for now
Attorneys for the family of Breonna Taylor and those representing the city and Louisville Metro Police officers have agreed to a protective order that will initially keep evidence in the wrongful death lawsuit related to Taylor’s death from public view.
The agreement, outlined in a court hearing Wednesday, stems, at least in part, from requests by those investigating Taylor’s death and means only the parties involved in the lawsuit will be able to see the evidence.
Attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, who represent the Taylor family, had initially asked a judge to hold city officials in contempt for ignoring subpoenas and failing to turn over records.
For example, a motion was made to hold the records custodian for the Louisville Metro Coroner’s Office in contempt for failing to respond to a deposition subpoena or turn over Taylor’s autopsy. Aguiar said in court on Wednesday that he had asked for the autopsy in May but it has only been turned over to attorneys representing the city.
“We have the right to this information,” Aguiar said of the autopsy report and several other subpoenaed records. “We need this.”
But Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Judith McDonald Burkman decided against hearing the contempt motions, saying “we are not there” yet.
Instead, Aguiar, attorneys for the three officers involved in the March 13 shooting death of Taylor as well as the Jefferson County Attorney’s office, which represents the city, all agreed on the protective order, which would expedite the release of the records. MORE
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