Kerry Washington, Porsha Williams & More React to 1 Officer Being Indicted in Breonna Taylor Case
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Celebrities are taking to social media following the news that one officer has been indicted by a grand jury in Breonna Taylor's case.
On Wednesday, former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired after Taylor's death, was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment by the grand jury, AP reports. The charges relate to Hankison shooting into neighboring apartments during the incident, not Taylor's death itself, the outlet notes. No other officers have been charged.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams -- who was arrested at a Louisville protest in July following Taylor's death -- shared a photo of Taylor on Instagram, writing, "You deserved so much more #BreonnaTaylor ! I am praying for your mother Tamika and the rest of your family today. As hard as this verdict is for us to digest, I can’t imagine how she must feel. Shame on America’s racist justice system. Will I be next?? This has to change ! #NoJusticeNoPeace 💔🙏🏾."
In response to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who said as he issued the grand jury decision, "There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who have never lived in Kentucky who try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case, and that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do. But they do not," Kentucky native George Clooney issued a statement to ET:
"I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month," Clooney said. "The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision."
Mandy Moore took to Twitter to write that she doesn't "have the words."
"#BreonnaTaylor and her family deserve justice," she wrote.
"Daniel Cameron is on Donald Trump’s short list as replacement of #RGB on the Supreme Court," Kerry Washington wrote of Kentucky's attorney general. "The same man who decided to not charge the officers responsible for killing #BreonnaTaylor. Vote."
Daniel Cameron is on Donald Trump’s short list as replacement of #RGB on the Supreme Court. The same man who decided to not charge the officers responsible for killing #BreonnaTaylor. Vote.
"God bless Breonna’s family and all who knew and loved her," Ava DuVernay tweeted. "Her tragic death compounded by the violence of silence and inaction by the city she called home is more than any of them should have to endure."
God bless Breonna’s family and all who knew and loved her. Her tragic death compounded by the violence of silence and inaction by the city she called home is more than any of them should have to endure. https://t.co/fcDmIWHlDS
In a video message, Stevie Wonder addressed Taylor's death, as well as problems facing the world today.
"No amount of money has ever brought a life back," he said in part. "Ask yourself, why so long for Breonna Taylor?"
In several tweets, JoJo blasted the sole indictment, writing, "she deserves better."
"She deserves better. She should be alive. Bare minimum. But since she isn’t- I’m praying for her family. Praying for #LouisvilleKy," she wrote. "Sending love to Breonna's family. To Louisville. Wow. This is America."
WANTON ENDANGERMENT?508.060 Wanton endangerment in the first degree. (1) A person is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a (cont’d)
substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person. (2) Wanton endangerment in the first degree is a Class D felony. Effective: January 1, 1975 History: Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 70, effective January 1, 1975.
It’s all kind of numbing. On one hand it’s like I KNOW I’m not crazy there’s a real problem in our country. On the other I’m sad that everyone doesn’t see it and some don’t want to. Of course I know God is at work. It’s just tough to process it all. #BreonnaTaylorhttps://t.co/b1ALKdkRS3
Brett Hankinson, one of Breonna Taylor’s murderers, was NOT charged with murder, but with wanton endangerment. This crime is punishable with up to five years in prison. That’s one year for each bullet fired into her sleeping body. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. #JusticeForBreonna
Black Lives Matter. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. What has been announced in Kentucky is not even remotely in the realm of anything that even begins to approach true justice for her murder. #BlackLivesMatter#BreonnaTaylorWasMurdered
Paying the family off with a settlement & charging the cop who killed #BreonnaTaylor with a Class D felony isn’t good enough. What else is a class D felony in Louisville: shoplifting, cultivating marijuana, stealing mail. Let that sink in. Shame on you Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron https://t.co/PA2czbEwS2