Kentucky is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “Stand Your Ground” law. “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat. … Any person who uses a gun in self-defense has immunity from criminal and civil law.“
(Apparently, this doesn’t apply to black men)
Stand your ground unless you’re a black man. Let me see if I can help you understand what exactly happened before Breonna Taylor was killed. Somebody bangs on your door in the middle of the night and you are wrong for responding in self-defense manner.
Here is the sequence according to the affidavit and grand jury;
- Approximately 12:40 am on March 13, police enter Breonna’s apartment
- Thinking someone broke into the house, both Breonna and boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, jumped up abd put some clothes on. Then Kenneth got his gun.
- Kenneth shot his gun trying to protect Breonna and himself.
- After the shots stopped, a police officer was shot and Breonna was killed by 8 bullets.
- Approximately 1:00 am, police arrest Kenneth and a grand jury later indictment him on attempted murder of a police officer.
- Given the Stand your Ground Law in Kentucky, how and why was Kenneth charged with attempted murder?
- No drugs were found in the Breonna’s apartment.
- The gun that Kenneth used was legal and registered to him. Also, Kenneth has no criminal record.
It should be noted, over the last 3 months, the Louisville Police department spent their time trying to discredit and smear both Breonna and Kenneth. But on May 22, prosecutors announce they will drop attempted murder charges against Kenneth. Why did the prosecutor drop the charges? Because they had nothing on Kenneth as he had a right to defend himself. It was a wrong to charge him in the first place; and it was another way for the police to try to defend their own actions by blaming Kenneth.
After the charges against Kenneth was dropped, look what took place.
- June 12: Fischer signs “Breonna’s Law,” banning no-knock search warrants in Louisville.
- June 23: Officer Hankison is officially fired as an LMPD officer after he is accused of “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment and the unit next door. In addition, in Hankison’s termination letter – read that Hankison showed “extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
- September 23: A Kentucky grand jury indicted Hankison for shooting into neighboring apartments, but did not charge any officers for their role in Taylor’s death. (Not for the bullets shot at Brianna but for the bullets that went into the neighboring apartment where white people live.)
- White life continues to be far more important than black/brown life.
- Since Hankison was fired and charged for firing blindly in the neighboring apartment that had white people in it. I guess Kenneth & Breonna don’t count as people.
- It was a long time coming to remove the “no knock” warrant as it can only cause the occupants to respond as if someone is breaking in.