Racism, Police violence, Black Lives Matter, Breonna Taylor
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On Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, one of the three Louisville police officers that shot and killed Breonna Taylor while raiding her apartment in March was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment of Taylor’s neighbors, but not the shooting of Taylor herself. The grand jury decision quickly reignited Black Lives Matter protests and outrage in Louisville and across the U.S., and rightfully so. Kentucky law describes the charge against Officer Brett Hankinson as “extreme indifference to the value of human life.” Woefully misplaced as it is, Officer Hankinson should not be the only recipient of this indictment. Rather, the entire U.S. political system is just as, if not more so, culpable for its own “extreme indifference” to the lives of people of color.
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Poole, Nate, "Editorial: The humanity of marginalized communities is not up for political debate" (2020). University of Maine Racial Justice Collection. 195.