'We weren't crazy': Reactions to 4 LMPD officers being charged in Breonna Taylor's shooting

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that four current and former LMPD officers ― former detective Joshua Jaynes, Sgt. Kyle Meany, Officer Kelly Hanna Goodlett and former detective Brett Hankison ― have been charged in connection with the raid in which Breonna Taylor was killed.

Here are some reactions:

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Tamika Palmer

"Y'all learning what we've been saying was the truth, that they shouldn't have been there and Breonna didn't deserve that," said Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother.

Ben Crump

“We weren’t crazy when we said they were conspiring to cover up the murder of this innocent Black woman,” said Crump, a national civil rights attorney and one of the co-counsels who represented Taylor’s family in a civil lawsuit against the city and police department.

NAACP

The NAACP said that "the charges announced today by the U.S. Department of Justice mark the first federal steps toward accountability for the officers that killed Breonna Taylor. In the two years since March 2020, we have learned about the falsehoods that allowed law enforcement officers to obtain the warrant that led to the unlawful entry of Breonna Taylor's home and her subsequent death."

The organization asserted the move was making up for where Kentucky has "badly failed," and went on to say that "Individuals have the right and expectation to be free from unlawful action by the state."

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron

The Republican attorney general, who is running for governor next year, issued a series of seven tweets defending his office's handling of the case. "It is important that people not conflate what happened today with the state law investigation undertaken by our office."

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville

"Justice delayed is justice denied. But it's never too late to do the right thing. Despite Daniel Cameron's best efforts, accountability is finally coming for those responsible for Breonna Taylor's death."

Mayor Greg Fischer

"Today's indictments are a critical step forward in the process toward achieving justice for Breonna Taylor," the mayor said in part of his tweet.

River City Fraternal Order of Police

In a statement, Louisville's police union said it's been "closely watching as this investigation and process continues, including the new information regarding charges against LMPD officers and former officers."

"These officers have all retained legal representation and are presumed innocent until proven guilty like every other citizen in our country," the statement said. "We will continue to follow the details as more of the investigation is made public."

Shameka Parrish-Wright

Parrish-Wright, director of the grassroots organization VOCAL-KY aimed at ending AIDS, drug war, mass incarceration and homelessness, praised the Justice for Breonna movement in a tweet.

“People sacrificed their jobs, health, housing and more to stand with the family of Breonna Taylor. This was not the work of one person, one group or one law firm, but a coalition of people from diverse backgrounds and professions dedicated to seeking Justice for Breonna Taylor and the many more victims of police abuse, violence and police brutality. Justice comes in many forms and we get there together."

Mayoral candidate Craig Greenberg

The Democrat tweeted that he commends the DOJ "for delivering accountability where others, including Kentucky's Attorney General, fell agonizingly short. Transparency and honesty are crucial, especially in a tragedy like the killing of Breonna Taylor."

Mayoral candidate Bill Dieruf

The Republican, in an email to The Courier Journal, wrote "integrity is essential in every aspect of our justice system from law enforcement through the appellate courts. Falsity threatens that integrity, leading to injustice. Like all of us, I will be closely following the legal process surrounding the indictments brought by the U.S. Department of Justice."

U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker

The Democrat posted a picture embracing Taylor's smiling mother.

"A lot of people didn’t think this day would come. The work isn’t done, but this news was sorely needed. It meant a lot to hug Ms. Palmer today," he tweeted.

Metro Councilman Jecorey Arthur, D-4th District

Arthur, a Democrat whose district includes downtown, areas to the east and parts of the West End, kept his remarks brief in a tweet about the federal charges.

"It's about damn time," Arthur tweeted.

Metro Councilwoman Keisha Dorsey, D-3rd District

Dorsey, a Democrat who represents the city of Shively and the neighborhoods of Algonquin, California, Hallmark, Park DuValle, Parkland and Park Hill, responded to the announcement in a Friday statement.

"For years, I’ve heard the frustrations. I’ve heard the anger. I’ve shared in both," Dorsey said. "We’ve stood together, and we have cried together. What happened yesterday is seismic. It shows we have been seen in our frustrations, anger, and pain. It shows Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. But, it does not end our fight for equitable treatment in all of our communities - instead, it fuels it."

Louisville Urban League

In a statement released Thursday written by Sadiqa Reynolds and Lyndon Pryor, the League wrote "we now want to know how state officials investigating the Breonna Taylor case and the Federal Government could be so far apart on the outcome. What information did our Attorney General have, where did he get it, and what did he present to the grand jury? Any measure of fairness seemed illusive, but today’s announcement renews some hope in the idea that we–Black people in Louisville–are seen and have equal access to justice."

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