Refresh for updates Hollywood isn’t heeding an admonition from the Kentucky attorney general about celebrity opinions on today’s grand jury indictment – or lack therof – in the Louisville police shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
“30 pieces of silver is the price for which #JudasIscariot betrayed #Jesus!,” tweeted D.L. Hughley. “#DanielCameron betrayed #BreonnaTaylor for 12 million!”
Hughley was only one member of the Hollywood and Beltway communities responding to today’s three-count indictment on wanton endangerment against one of three former officers in Taylor’s death. No charges were brought against the other two officers, and none of the three were indicted on charges related to causing Taylor’s death.
“There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who have never lived in Kentucky who try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case, and that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do,” said Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron today while announcing the grand jury decision. “But they do not.”
Cameron’s comment had little effect.
“We were shown today, yet again, that a Black Woman’s life is expendable no matter what,” tweeted Atlanta and Queen of the South actor Chris Greene. (See his tweet, and others, below.)
“Property is worth more than a Black woman,” tweeted W. Kamau Bell.
“The Justice system has failed Breonna Taylor,” wrote actor Taran Killam. “It has failed everyone.”
Here is a sampling of celebrity responses. Deadline will update periodically.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 23, 2020
— Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) September 23, 2020
No charges for #BreonnaTaylor’s murderers = no justice, no equality, no advancement in the state of the way this country takes #BlackLives with impunity. If her life didn’t matter enough to hold those who took it accountable, then whose??? When???
— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) September 23, 2020
— dan levy (@danjlevy) September 23, 2020
No. Officers. Charged. In. The. Killing. Of. #BreonnaTaylor.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) September 23, 2020
Bulls— decision!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Cannot be said enough times. https://t.co/HOrDQzHJ0d
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) September 23, 2020
God bless Breonna’s family and all who knew and loved her. Her tragic death compounded by the violence of silence and inaction by the city she called home is more than any of them should have to endure. https://t.co/fcDmIWHlDS
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 23, 2020
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 23, 2020
— COMMON (@common) September 23, 2020
Black Lives Matter. Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. What has been announced in Kentucky is not even remotely in the realm of anything that even begins to approach true justice for her murder. #BlackLivesMatter #BreonnaTaylorWasMurdered
— Anthony Rapp Black Lives Matter (@albinokid) September 23, 2020
— CHRIS GREENE (@ItsChrisGreene) September 23, 2020
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) September 23, 2020
Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. This result is a disgrace and an abdication of justice. Our criminal justice system is racist. The time for fundamental change is now. https://t.co/IPmO9upXbK
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 23, 2020
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) September 23, 2020
“Wanton endangerment” this country is a fucking joke. Breonna Taylor is innocent and was murdered but they’re handing out slap on the wrist clown charges. A Class D Felony for taking a life 🤢 All of them can go about their lives when they ruined a family forever. It’s disgusting https://t.co/S163EWJqBy
— John Fields (@DemonJT_) September 23, 2020
The Justice system has failed #BreonnaTaylor. It has failed everyone.
— Taran Killam (@TaranKillam) September 23, 2020
Without equality there is no justice. Without justice there cannot be peace.
This is not justice.#BreonnaTaylor
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) September 23, 2020
Apparently, no one killed Breonna Taylor. She simply died in a “tragedy.” Like she had a hard fall or got hit by a bus. This apparently is the law in thr State of Kentucky, according to @kyoag Cameron.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 23, 2020
Hey @kyoag we don’t have to live in Louisville to know how you dropped the ball on this. #BreonnaTaylor was a citizen of the world and that’s why you will continue to see our protests of injustice across the globe. ✊🏻
— Bryan Greenberg (@bryangreenberg) September 23, 2020
Brett Hankinson, one of Breonna Taylor’s murderers, was NOT charged with murder, but with wanton endangerment. This crime is punishable with up to five years in prison. That’s one year for each bullet fired into her sleeping body. NOT GOOD ENOUGH. #JusticeForBreonna
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) September 23, 2020
“Black Lives Matter” exists because of days like today. Breonna Taylor should still be alive.
— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) September 23, 2020
Once again, the law says that property is more valuable than Black life.
We cannot let up in our fight for justice for Breonna Taylor and every Black and brown person murdered at the hands of police. We will fight to end qualified immunity. https://t.co/JeHOP3GEVG
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) September 23, 2020
Brett Hankison is indicted for shooting into the apartment NEXT to Breonna Taylor & not for KILLING HER.
He's fired for shooting into BREONNA TAYLOR'S apartment & not for KILLING HER.
This is systemic racism.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) September 23, 2020
In the middle of the night on March 13th Breonna Taylor, a 26 year-old EMT and aspiring nurse was shot dead by @LMPD officers in the hallway of her home.
She was a better version of me,” said her mom Tamika Palmer, a dialysis technician. “Full of life. Easy to love.” pic.twitter.com/jnaMSbvLTm
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 23, 2020
It is disgusting and heartbreaking that the court saw more value in the walls of other apartments over the life of Breonna Taylor. This is not justice.
— Chasten Buttigieg (@Chasten) September 23, 2020
This is a sad day for America and for justice.
Today, no one was truly charged for Breonna Taylor's murder, and her family deserves much better.
This is again why elections matter, not just for president. We must vote up and down the ballot by November 3rd.
Black Lives Matter.
— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) September 23, 2020
It’s infuriating that there were only charges for endangering the neighbors, and not for killing an innocent woman asleep in her own home. Breonna Taylor deserves justice. Also he shoot at the neighbors??? What the whole fuck?
— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) September 23, 2020