I live in Louisville, Kentucky and the city is on a knife’s edge. The mayor has declared a state of emergency. Downtown, the federal court and other municipal buildings are boarded up. There are traffic checkpoints and street blockades. Parking lots and ramps are shut down. Why? We are expecting an announcement soon on whether or not the police that shot and killed Breonna Taylor will be indicted.
If you don’t know the story, the police served a no-knock warrant at 12:40 am on March 13th as part of a narcotics investigation. A no-knock warrant allows the police to enter a residence without announcing themselves. In this case, they used a battering ram. Kenneth Walker (Taylor’s boyfriend) heard the noise at the door and having no idea what was happening grabbed his gun. (We are all armed to the teeth here in Kentucky. I personally am always armed unless I’m at a bar which is then illegal.) Walker fired a shot striking one of the police in the leg. The police returned fire. Walker was not injured. Taylor was killed.
Let’s debunk some of the myths that are out here floating as disinformation. I have spoken with many people here and I know that these are thought of as true. First – the police were not at the wrong address. The search warrant clearly had Taylor’s address and apartment number. Second – Taylor did not die in her bed. She had got out of bed and was shot and died in her hallway. Third – the claim that the police had the suspect they wanted in custody and there was no need to enter Taylor’s apartment can not be proven 100% true. For all these and other claims see here.
Two things can be simultaneously true at the same time. It’s true that we need police reform. It’s also true that the police officers involved in the Breonna Taylor incident are not guilty of a crime. They entered an apartment with a valid search warrant and were fired upon. It’s awful that an innocent person died but the police that entered the apartment didn’t enter with the intent of murdering anyone. So why are we under a formal state of emergency here? Because none of that matters to the Revolutionaries that think the American system needs to be torn down.
So will there be huge riots here where multiple blocks are burned down like we saw in Minneapolis? Will we see sustained protests like we saw in Portland and Seattle? I’m not sure but I don’t think so. I’m positive we’ll see some unrest because there’s always some people that don’t care and will try to start conflict but I think any unrest will be relatively short lived. Why? First, although Louisville is Democrat controlled it’s still Democrats in a state that is deep red. These are Democrat-lite Democrats compared to truly liberal states like Washington, Oregon, and Minnesota. The mayor and the police chief are being proactive by locking down the downtown area. There are checkpoints to direct pedestrian traffic. Buildings are boarded up. The mayor is not going to order the police to stand down. Second, the announcement regarding the case will be coming from our black attorney general, Daniel Cameron. I know this won’t matter to the hardcore protesters but to regular people this will add a bit of veracity to the decision. Third, Louisville is 33% black unlike in Seattle (7% black) or Portland (6% black). No one wants their homes destroyed and black people simply make a larger amount of the population here. They’re not going to go out and destroy their own homes. The white far-left individuals that have been driving force of the other riots simply aren’t going to get a foothold here. Or as our good friend Nero put it:
Personally, I do not like no-knock warrants. The police should wear bodycams. Breonna Taylor shouldn’t have died. Those are all discussions that we can have without burning a city down. I fully expect us to get through this mostly unscathed. Besides – if it gets lit I know people here will protect themselves and their property. Remember kids, keep your rifle by your side.
Update - one officer has been indicted in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, not for murder, but for wanton endangerment: