Written by RasMahddy on September 25, 2020
First of all condolences to the family and friends of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old woman, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020. The officers entered her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, executing a search warrant. The officers knocked before forcing entry, but how the officers announced their identity before forcing entry is in dispute. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a gun at the officers he believed to be intruders, who fired over 20 shots in turn. Taylor was shot five times, according to her death certificate, and Mattingly was injured by gunfire.
I’m going to begin now with the facts of the matter: Shortly after midnight on March 13, 2020, Louisville police entered the apartment of Breonna Taylor and Kenneth Walker using a battering ram to force open the door. The police were investigating two men they believed were selling drugs.
This is solely my opinion (Rasta Mahddy): First of all there’s no need to break down doors with a battering ram to investigate anyone selling drugs. If your going to bust someone for drugs like that first of all make sure the persons have enough drugs that they can’t just make it magically disappear. In other words don’t always try to enforce drug laws on the end-user as usual. Take your investigations to the source of production. Which never happens, and why? Because it’s a conflict of interest.
Also when your going to enter a persons home like that and you are law-enforcement I know there’s a certain protocol, or procedure that is to be followed, or should be in these situations. I feel like if I’m a police chief my officers are not going into a situation like that unless I know for sure someone’s life is in danger, not risk their lives to investigate drug selling. No one’s life should be in danger when enforcing drug laws. Wether it’s the enforcers of the drug laws, or the drug sellers themselves.
My opinion on the verdict is this simple… When they gave the family the 12 Million Dollars I felt like that was compensation money because they can’t just have the family walk away with nothing. When you look at it 12million dollars ain’t shxt! Money can’t buy life! The situation was very sticky from that fact that her boyfriend fired shots at the officers thinking they were intruders. From the time I heard that shots were fired at the police I felt there wasn’t going to be any prosecution against the officers involved.
There’s many different ways this could have turned out but it ended up like this. Defunding the police is not going to happen realistically like Charles Barkley expressed also. Instead of defunding the police we need to reform the entire Government not just the police. Judges play their part along with the policy makers, and everyone else involved. There’s also the corruption element that has a part in this whole situation also that makes it even worse.
Looking at the bigger picture people in low-income areas do not have the resources to produce the “drugs” that are being sold in these areas. Drug enforcement agencies have the technology, and resources to bring many of the persons responsible for providing the “drugs” into low-income communities but they rather focus on the end-user.
I’m going to bring this to a conclusion because I don’t believe a bunch of writing articles will change anything. I just felt the need to voice my opinion in some way. The constant killing of innocent people must stop! We the people have to keep fighting for change in our communities. Breonna Taylor could have been Na’Dia, Nyela, or any one of our beautiful children around the world. It hurst and causes mental anguish but it’s the reality of the times we are in now. I’m glad to see the world now respond the way it has to the injustices we have faced for a very long time. I feel like someone has finally heard the cries from the “Black Experience”. Special love to all the NBA players. Le’Bron James especially being one of the most popular athletes in the world at this time speaking out is historic! I stand with Le’Bron when he say’s I’m sorry!, I’m sorry!, I’m Sorry!. 😢
my love to Breonna mother, family and— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 24, 2020
friends! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!! 😔😔🥺🥺😢😢😢😭😭😭