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BY MISSY SMITH

March 10, 2021
It has been a year since Breonna Taylor was murdered in her home by police without any true justice.
Photo credit: Taylor family
2 Louisville Police Officers Connected To Breonna Taylor's Death Have Been Fired - via NPR

This Saturday, March 13, marks one year since Louisville police broke into Breonna Taylor’s home and murdered the 26-year-old. One officer was charged for the bullets that went into the walls of the neighboring apartments, but no one has been charged for the bullets that went into Breonna.
Enough! You’ve corrupted justice long enough, you’ve let the wicked get away with murder. You’re here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break; Your job is to stand up for the powerless, and prosecute all those who exploit them. - Psalm 82:2-4
On March 13, 2020, Louisville Metro Police officers carried out a no-knock warrant and, by multiple witness' accounts, burst into the apartment where Breonna Taylor rested with her boyfriend without identifying themselves as police officers. The evening ended with Breonna, an EMT, dead. Audio captured that evening suggested that the police were not even supposed to be at Breonna’s home. In the ensuing year, three officers have been terminated, but no one has been charged in the death of this young woman.
 
Breonna’s case is not isolated. We all know this. As the psalmist exclaims, “Enough!” 
 
“Sadly, the trend of fatal police shootings in the United States seems to only be increasing with a total 132 civilians having been shot in the first two months of 2021. In 2020, there were 1,004 fatal police shootings, and in 2019 there were 999 fatal shootings. Additionally, the rate of fatal police shootings among Black Americans was much higher than that for any other ethnicity, standing at 35 fatal shootings per million of the population as of February 2021.” And these statistics only speak to shootings. What is not captured in these numbers are those individuals who have been murdered by the literal hands of police officers (such as George Floyd, Elijah McClain, and Eric Garner).

It is no wonder that police feel that they are able to act with excessive and deadly force without consequence. 98.3% of killings by police from 2013 to 2020 have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime. The officers who killed Breonna Taylor are included in this list. We are sitting on a powder keg when groups of people are allowed to murder human beings at will and with the blessing of the system, and whose word will be believed regardless of evidence to the contrary.  

Guilt or innocence of the individual is not relevant when we are talking about lethal force. We do not live in a country where committing a crime is an automatic capital offense. As a matter of fact, we supposedly live in a country where individuals are presumed innocent until convicted. So what makes it okay for officers to use force, especially lethal force, when it comes to their interactions with the public they are sworn to protect? (For that matter, why is it okay for individuals to spend time behind bars, sometimes years, while awaiting trial for nonviolent crimes just because they cannot afford to pay for their freedom? But that’s a topic for another day.)

On March 3, the House of Representatives passed a police reform bill that, among other things, would end Qualified Immunity. Qualified Immunity is the clause that allows government officials, including police officers, to avoid legal consequences for the harm that they do in their official capacity. This bill will now go to the Senate floor. This reform bill, named for George Floyd, is the first step towards healing and accountability.
Read up on the specifics of the bill that will be sent to the Senate for a vote. Contact your senators TODAY and encourage them to support the recently passed House bill.
Adapted from The Lord is Coming by H.E.R.
 
God of Justice,
 
Every day I pray for mankind.
We're all slaves to a generation socialized, and sickness is in the mind.
We never learn from our so-called idols, we're just repeating the cycle.
I never read the news anymore, it's hard not to feel hopeless.
When no one noticed, the explosion came from a man whose legal gun was loaded.
It's all watered down and sugarcoated.
We voted but did we really get to choose?
We don't need proof that they separate us from the truth;
Mothers and fathers are being separated from their youth.
And they're selling the American Dream and what it appears to be,
But they don't teach us that wealth is unattainable with their currency.
History, is not my brother's story
The original founders were buried in the ground where men have planted seeds of disease
And they've justified being thieves.
Feeding their inner demons and blaming the minorities.
It's a World War III, corruption versus greed.
Not you versus me.
But do we ever think of the need for inner peace?
They can't put a price on your soul, don't matter your religion;
Right and wrong is something everybody knows.
They pick and choose what's equal,
Who's good and who's evil.
And this is the devil's world but the Lord is coming for his people.
 
Give us guidance and strength as we seek to bring Your will, on earth as it is in Heaven.
 
Amen.
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