Actress Kerry Washington urged her followers to head out to vote come November, following the Kentucky grand jury’s failure to indict any of the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor.
“I understand the desire to not vote. To reject a system that abuses you & denies your worth. But please know that the system – DOES see your worth,” she captioned a post shared to Instagram. “It’s AFRAID of your power. That’s why it works so hard to make you feel powerless. You are NOT powerless. #SayHerName. And Vote!”
On March 13, former Det. Brett Hankison, Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove were executing a search “no-knock” warrant on Taylor’s home. Her ex-boyfriend was the focus of the investigation, and he was later arrested on drug charges last month.
He stated that Taylor had nothing to do with the investigation into alleged illegal activities. He also claimed that he was offered a plea deal if he implicated Taylor in his alleged crimes. He refused.
Hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against the Louisville officers, protesters took to the streets. Authorities later said that two officers were shot and wounded — but the injuries were “non-life threatening.”
Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the officers were “justified in their use of force” because Taylor’s boyfriend fired the first shot.
“The fact that you’re going to charge for bullets going into an apartment but not for bullets going into Breonna Taylor’s body is outrageous,” the Taylor family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, told CNN’s Don Lemon Wednesday. “There are two justice systems in America: one for Black America, one for White America.”
The fight for justice continues.