When Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott, the only Black woman in the state’s legislature, was arrested at a protest last month, she assumed she’d been booked on a curfew violation.
Instead, Scott and 17 other racial-justice protesters arrested alongside her were booked on a much more serious charge: rioting. The allegation was they had marched near—that is, proximal to—someone who vandalized a library.
Even local prosecutors couldn’t stomach the case: On Tuesday, the county attorney who brought those charges announced he was dropping them, calling them too hard to prosecute.
Now a fellow state lawmaker is taking aim at the murky riot law that led to the mass arrests in the first place, an effort to help stem the tide of harsh crackdowns on protesters across America.
Scott was arrested hours after a prosecutor declined to press charges against any
Breonna Taylor should still be alive today.
The people and institutions that killed her are incapable of giving us justice. Black women deserve better than what Louisville has given us. Everyone who lives in Louisville deserves better than what can be given from systems more focused on maintaining unjust power than meeting our needs.
The only remaining role for this failed leadership is to practice accountability. This means it is our collective responsibility to ensure they are held responsible and no longer in charge of making community-wide decisions.
Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Police Department, Metro Council. These people and systems have not been proactively transparent nor action-oriented in practicing accountability for Breonna’s murder. They did not support Tamika Palmer as she grieved and waited hours for answers
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Breonna Taylor has led a singular afterlife. Since March 13, when the 26-year-old died in a hail of police gunfire inside her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment, she has become a rarity, a Black woman whose unjust death became a national cause célèbre. The protest movement that has gripped the United States for much of the past decade has sought to lift deaths like Taylor’s from obscurity to the status of an emergency, and yet hers has unusual contours: Stars from the film Hellboy and the TV show Riverdale have called for her killers to be arrested, in the latter case using a semi-nude Instagram photo as a vehicle; a Formula 1 racing champion issued the same demand from the winner’s podium in Tuscany. Much of the media has followed suit. An image of Taylor recently graced the cover of O