On Friday (Sep. 25), the family of the slain Breonna Taylor held a press conference to address the grand jury’s decision to not charge any of the Louisville police officers with her death.
Civil rights Attorney Benjamin Crump said that the family is “heartbroken, devastated and outraged and confused” after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron only announced that one officer would be indicted in Taylor’s case for endangering the lives of her neighbors. “There seems to be two justice systems in America — one for Black America and one for white America,” he said.
“What did Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron present to the grand jury?” Crump asked. “Did he present any evidence on Breonna Taylor’s behalf? Or did he make a unilateral decision to put his thumb on the scales of justice to help try to exonerate and justify the killing of Breonna Taylor by these police officers? And in doing so, make sure that Breonna Taylor’s family never got their day in court.”
Crump said the decision in Taylor’s case followed a pattern “of the blatant disrespect and marginalization of Black people, but especially Black women in America who have been killed by police.”
“Release the transcript so we can have transparency,” the family’s attorney demanded. “And if you did everything you could do on Breonna’s behalf, you shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever, Daniel Cameron, to release the transcript to see you fought for all of Kentucky’s citizens.”
Bianca Austin read a statement on behalf of her sister and Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. “This has been emotionally, mentally and physically draining for my sister,” Austin said.
In her statement, Palmer said the attorney general “had the power to do the right thing. He had the power to start the healing of this city.” Cameron “helped me realize … it will always be us against them. That we are never safe when it comes to them.”
Palmer said she has “no faith in the legal system, in the police, in the laws that are not made to protect us Black and brown people.”
She also said that Cameron “alone didn’t fail [Taylor].” She says her daughter was also failed by “the judge who signed the search warrant … the terrorist who broke down her door … [and] the system as a whole.”
“You didn’t just rob me and my family, you robbed the world of a queen … a queen who was starting to pave her path,” Palmer’s statement concluded.