Haaland and Buttigieg, as just two examples from Biden’s Cabinet choices, aren’t looking for apologies necessarily; when they speak, they are diagnosing what holds us all back so we can move beyond these past and persistent repressions to give full life, to create an optimal society and economy, for all Americans.
Yesterday, the Attorney General of Kentucky only filed charges of wanton endangerment against just one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting. Last night, protesters took to the streets in a number of cities over the miscarriage of justice.
A number of legal analysts have disagreed with the way Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron handled the case. This includes Fox News Andrew Napolitano who said that he would have indicted all 3 officers.
The Fox News analyst explained:
“The law that permits the police to return fire and to defend themselves does not permit them to shoot blindly, aimlessly where they can’t see the target and they don’t even know [who] or what they’re shooting at. I would have indicted all three of them and let them assert their affirmative defenses at the time of trial.”
The former judge continued, “they’re are legitimate beefs about this in the streets. And as your former guest, Mr. Morgenstern so nicely put it, they have every right…those who want to protest, to protest.”
Napolitano also believes that the public might not be getting the whole story. He told host Dana Perino, “The public seems to think this was a no-knock warrant, the grand jury heard there were knocks and shouts of ‘police, police.’ The public needs to know what the grand jury heard.”
Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of the Fox News network:
Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano with a slightly different take on the Breonna Taylor decision than his colleagues:
"I would have indicted all three of them and let them assert their affirmative defenses at the time of trial." pic.twitter.com/oHOjg2PcOW
Tonight the eyes of the nation are turned toward Louisville, Kentucky. Today, the state’s Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, announced that none of the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor killing will be charged with murder.
Tensions will be at a fever pitch down south. It is at this moment that Donald Trump could take a swing at being presidential and try to unite the country. Instead, he has tried to make the Breonna Taylor tensions about himself.
Trump was asked by a reporter, “
Mr. President, do you believe that justice was served in the Breonna Taylor case in Kentucky? And what is your message to the Black community who believe that perhaps justice was not served by the decision that was rendered by the grand jury in Kentucky?”
Only one former Louisville police officer was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment, not murder or manslaughter in the shooting Breonna Taylor.
Last May, the conservative group Michigan United for Liberty organized protests in the state capitol against Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders. While the group, composed of roughly 8,000 members, had already formalized its complaint against the orders in a law suit, the protest provided a forum for a defiant public expression against what the group sees as a gross violation of people’s constitutional freedoms.
CNN political commentator Van Jones recently issued a stark challenge to, and indeed indictment of, supposedly well-meaning White America, speaking in the wake of the police murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and in the midst of mass uprisings and protests responding to the never-ending violence against African Americans.
While Donald Trump has been involved in a dispute with Twitter, speciously and ignorantly crying that the social media company violated his First Amendment rights, uprisings and mass actions protesting the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor—and the pervasive devaluing of Black lives generally–have mounted.