The Atlantic

Stop Calling Breonna Taylor’s Killing a ‘Tragedy’

Casting deaths like hers as unavoidable accidents shifts blame to Black people and undermines the cause of reform.
Source: Michael B. Thomas / Getty

Using the word tragedy to describe Breonna Taylor’s killing is an insult to her memory. When Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced last week that only one of the police officers involved in Taylor’s death would face criminal charges, he called the Louisville resident’s fate a “tragedy under any circumstances.” This description sounded as if the bullets that killed her in her own apartment had mysteriously fallen from the sky and hadn’t actually come from the guns of Louisville police.

In March, officers executed a “no knock” search warrant at Taylor’s apartment while she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep. In Cameron’s account, Walker mistook police for intruders and fired his gun, officers might suffice if Black people weren’t so frequently the victims of police violence.

Citiți o mostră, înregistrați-vă pentru a citi în continuare.

Mai multe de la The Atlantic

The Atlantic4 min citite
Aaron Sorkin’s New Film Is the Right Story for This Moment
Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a departure for the writer and director, who often indulges in misty-eyed idealism for American institutions.
The Atlantic3 min citite
A New Way of Thinking About Climate Change
I’ve been covering climate change for The Atlantic for five years, or nearly a sixth of the time I’ve been alive. That’s long enough to watch the world change around me. I covered America’s adoption of the Paris Agreement and our plan to depart it; i
The Atlantic5 min cititeAmerican Government
Twitter Goofed It
By blocking the URL of a New York Post story without explanation, the company only stoked conspiracy theories.