Celebrities are responding to the grand jury’s decision to indict one of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was fatally shot while in her Louisville home back in March when former detective Brett Hankinson, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove entered her home using a no-knock warrant. More than six months since her passing, the grand jury’s reports were presented, charging Hankinson with three counts of wanton endangerment. Neither Mattingly or Cosgrove were indicted.
“What is most insulting is that the recommended charges aren’t even in response to the MURDER of Breonna Taylor, but to the POTENTIAL injury of other people in the apartment,” Yard Shahidi penned in a tweet.
“Daniel Cameron is on Donald Trump’s short list as replacement of #RGB (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) on the Supreme Court,” Kerry Washington wrote. “The same man who decided to not charge the officers responsible for killing #BreonnaTaylor. Vote.”
Common posted a series of tweets in response to the grand jury’s decision, one of which quoted the late James Baldwin. “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost all of the time,” he wrote.
Big Sean also expressed his thoughts, tweeting, “I see the system won’t fight for you, so WE gotta fight for you.”
Stacey Abrams said “the lack of justice for her (Taylor’s) murder is inexcusable,” and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for a moment of silence in her memory. Senator Cory Booker and NBA players Jamal Crawford and Danny Green also shared their thoughts on the decision announced earlier today (Sept. 23).
Celebrities have long been vocal in demanding justice for Taylor often using their platform to ensure her name was not forgotten. Most recently, Regina King and Uzo Aduba, both winners at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, wore shirts in honor of the late EMT as they made their acceptance speeches.
Check out reactions from Ella Mai, Big Sean, Kerry Washington and more below.
my heart is broken for the family of Breonna Taylor. once again we’re left with nothing that they try to make seem as something— Ella Mai (@ellamai) September 23, 2020
What is most insulting is that the recommended charges aren't even in response to the MURDER of Breonna Taylor, but to the POTENTIAL injury of other people in the apartment.....— Yara shahidi (@YaraShahidi) September 23, 2020
They never get it right and that doesn't make it hurt any less. Breonna Taylor should still be with us and her family deserved justice today. Tired of this shit.— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) September 23, 2020
They're trying to say they are wrong in every way except, in admitting the MURDER OF BREONNA TAYLOR!— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) September 23, 2020
PRESS AVAILABILITY: Mayor Lightfoot joins Governor Pritzker and Cook County Board President Preckwinkle to address the decision in the Breonna Taylor case. https://t.co/cSelfziQhr— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) September 23, 2020
My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Breonna Taylor today. Her loss remains immeasurable, and the continued lack of justice for her murder is inexcusable.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 23, 2020
We owe it to her memory to demand a justice system that recognizes #BlackLivesMatter once and for all. 1/3
This is not justice for Breonna Taylor. She should still be alive—we must pursue measures so this never happens again.— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) September 23, 2020
We won't stop fighting for Breonna. We won't stop until we get systemic change to our broken system of policing & end police violence against Black Americans. https://t.co/4pp1tp8rzB
I see the system won’t fight for you, so WE gotta fight for you #BreonnaTaylor— Sean Don (@BigSean) September 23, 2020
“Our voices aren't being heard loud enough. But we’re not gonna stop. We're gonna continue fighting.”— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 23, 2020
Danny Green on the social justice mission of the bubble after no officers were indicted for killing Breonna Taylor
Dear Breonna,— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 24, 2020
I’m so sorry the people in power have failed to get this right. You deserve so much more. Your life mattered. You deserved the bright future that was ahead of you. We will continue to say your name. We will continue to fight in your name. #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/31M3ndOloK