The death of Breonna Taylor is a tragedy that should have been the force of change in this country. We have already discussed the systemic issues with both the BLM organization as well as the militarization of police, that is not the point of this article. However, the brutal honesty regarding wasted opportunity must be addressed. More lives cannot be lost in vain by careless and pointless “activism.”
First – What Happened
UPDATE: The Attorney General has made a statement that the raid conducted was not a “no knock raid.” However, due to the nature of how the raid was conducted as explained by Rand Paul, we feel it does not change our view of the situation, and that it was conducted just as dangerously with the same infringements.
If you’re familiar with the details of the case, you know that the home of Breonna Taylor was raided by three plain-clothes police officers serving a no-knock warrant. They executed the warrant by knocking down the door with a battering ram, and entering the property where they were met with gun fire.
Kentucky’s self-defense law is clear that a person can use lethal force to protect themselves from the use of unlawful force. It is standard practice of no-knock warrants that there is no announcement of police presence, therefore lawful force cannot be identified.
Furthermore, it has been reported that the officers were plain-clothed, meaning no uniforms were worn during the event either. This sets the premise for the residents of the home to react in self defense.
This information alone – regardless of the cause for the warrant itself, the warrant type, or the alleged crime – is enough to call into question violations of individual liberties. Primarily the fourth amendment. The fact that return fire resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was not even the person who fired upon police, makes it that much worse.
Stop Attacking Those Trying to Help
This should seem like common sense. Unfortunately, the lack of information – or possibly blind political motivation – has done just that.
Rand Paul on June 11, introduced a bill into the Senate that would end no-knock warrants. It would require proper identification and notice, rather than arbitrary force of entry.
While leaving the RNC in August, Rand Paul and his wife were attacked by BLM protesters. One person can even be heard saying “I know who that is,” before the mob encroached on the Pauls, while yelling “Say Her Name.”
That bill introduced to the Senate in June? The title is the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act. He not only said her name, but he is trying to honor it in law.
It’s a Start – But Not Enough
Rather than being attacked by a mob on the street, representatives such as Senator Paul should be upheld by activist movements that wish to see change. Encouragement of the change we wish to see is paramount and will certainly resonate with lawmakers throughout government.
Remember, we don’t need to rely on federal action. Our Republic is built with trickle-up representation. Elect the champions you want to see to run your cities and counties, and you will see them elevate to even the highest offices in time.
Whatever avenue you choose to seek change, what we need to see is a Constitutional Accountability Act. Officers are sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. As are judges, law makers, and representatives. We need to put this oath back in the forefront of our decision making as a society from the street cop to detectives, from warrant authorizations to criminal convictions.
Remember, Law and Order isn’t something that enslaves the citizen, but is supposed to govern our entire system. There is no supreme authority, and the act of Jury Nullification is needed to step in when the will of the people and the law do not agree.
Grand Jury Fallout
Two of the three officers involved in the Grand Jury considerations for indictment were found innocent, while the third has been indicted for endangerment due to a stray bullet that entered a neighbors residence.
The result has been more protests, and more riots, which has now resulted in the shooting of two police officers.
This stokes division. This increases a police state mentality and does nothing to institute the type of change that the majority of people want to see.
This causes people to cling to one side or the other. You have good people jumping to the defense of violent agitators shot by police because “all cops are bastards.” You have good people jumping to the defense of officers who shoot innocent people like Breonna Taylor because they have to “back the blue.”
Instead, we need to come together as a community, be honest about our problems and work together to form resolutions.
Unfortunately, I’m afraid that the division has been stoked so deeply that most of you who started reading this article have already stopped the moment I said something you disagreed with.