Revolutionary greetings, this is comrade Pitt-Peter Kamal Mukuria, currently here at Red Onion Resort.
I’m calling here pertaining a commentary about the disappointing decision in the grand jury hearing about the Breonna Taylor case. So after months of, you know, protesting and waiting for a resolution on the Breonna Taylor case, a grand jury decided to indict former officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment. These charges stem from the shots which hit an adjacent apartment wall and not at all linked to the murder of Breonna Taylor. These charges are a class-B felony which carries a sentence ranging from one year to five years in prison.
Well given that the person charged is a former police officer, these charges will most likely ended up being dropped outside the [inaudible] court’s aversion program. In essence, this is yet another slap in the face and a reminder that Black lives do not matter in this country. It may be mind-boggling to most people how the grand jury reached a conclusion on the indictments which are related to Breonna Taylor’s death. Though the decision is ultimately determined by the grand jury, that decision is based on the evidence presented by the leading prosecutor.
If a prosecutor wanted to bring charges against your friendly neighbor’s dog for barking, they can provide the evidence which will lead to the outcome they want. In essence, if a prosecutor, which in this case Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron, swayed the grand jury to indict on three counts of wanton endangerment not linked to the death of Breonna Taylor. Had he presented the grand jury with evidence explicitly linked to the murder of Breonna Taylor, the indictments he would have ended up with would have explicitly been related to the murder of Breonna Taylor.
There was more than enough probable cause to bring murder charges on all three officers who murdered Breonna. Yet the grand jury, blinded by the lead prosecutor, never considered such indictments. But they consider the adjacent wall which was hit by stray bullets. This is precisely how the justice system was designed to function for African-Americans. See police murders, abuses, and terrorization no matter how gratuitous they are. They’re often met with legal indifference and virtually bereft of any consequences.
I’m confident that the grand jury’s decision did not come as a surprise to many, certainly not us. The sheer fact that the legal order was not only [inaudible] but sustained slavery, segregation, and discrimination for most of American history. And the fact that the police were bound to uphold that order, establish a pattern for police behavior in the attitudes towards minority communities, which has persisted until this present day.
See, Breonna Taylor’s case was reminiscent of Fred Hampton’s case, which he was murdered in his own home as he slept during a police raid. And none of the involved killers were held criminally liable. This decision, or lack thereof, to not hold anyone accountable for the murder of Breonna Taylor is at the height of what ignited the Black Lives Matter movement.
And as difficult and as dark as this moment in time may be, as much as it may seem that justice is unattainable, we must continue to push forward. In this fight for justice and equality until it is won. Even though Breonna is no longer with us, she will always be a part of our stories. Because a lot of people are Breonna Taylor’s story.
And with that, thank you for the time to listen to my commentary. And I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts.
(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.