TODAY: Louisville Metro City Council will vote on passing Breonna’s Law to end the use of no-knock warrants in narcotics cases. We call for an end to no-knock warrants *in ALL cases.* No-knock warrants justify the police killing and sexual assault of Black women, girls, and femmes in their own homes. It’s the warrant that gave Louisville police a green light to ram through #BreonnaTaylor’s door in the middle of the night and spray her with 20 bullets - when the suspect they were searching for was apprehended earlier that day.
It’s the warrant that Atlanta police used to justify the killing of #KathrynJohnston - a 92 year old fatally shot by Atlanta officers in her own home during a botched drug raid.
Black women, girls, and femmes are not expendable collateral damage to the war on drugs. Mourn their losses, remember their stories, #SayHerName
Today, on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, I #WearOrange to honor the hundreds of Americans shot and killed or injured by gun violence every day, including #AhmaudArbery, #BreonnaTaylor, #TonyMcDade, #JamesScurlock and #DavidMcAtee and so many Black and brown people whose names we don’t know.
#HadiyaPendleton, who was shot and killed at the age of 15 in Chicago after marching in President Obama’s second inaugural parade, would have turned 23 yesterday. BreonnaTaylor would have been 27 today.
Today we bring attention to the deadly intersection of racism, white supremacy, and gun violence in America, where Black people are 10x more likely to die by gun homicide than white people.
It’s time for change.