Obtaining Convictions Remains Elusive
Updated: Jun 8, 2020
We need justice for Breonna Taylor. She was murdered as she slept in her bed, yet no charges have been brought against the police officers who took her life.
When the police use deadly force, the public wants to know why it had been necessary and whether their actions constituted murder. Despite numerous incidences which had been caught on video or others where the facts seemed to point to a sure conviction: many officers have not been found guilty of murder. Although, some cases have resulted in civil judgments, we're still left to wonder if justice has been served.
Victim Defendant Outcome
Lamar A. Smith Jason Stockley Acquitted
Sylville Smith Dominique H. Brown Not guilty of 1st degree reckless homicide
Philando Castile Jeronimo Yanez Not guilty of 2nd degree manslaughter
Terrence Crutcher Betty Shelby Not guilty of felony manslaughter
Freddie Gray Brian Rice, Alicia White,
Caeser Goodson 3 found not guilty, 3 had charges dropped
Samuel DuBose Raymond Tensing 2 mistrials-deadlocked juries
Walter Scott Michael Slager Convicted of 2nd degree murder-20 years
Akai Gurley Peter Liang Convicted of 2nd degree manslaughter and
official misconduct-5 years probation, 800
hours community service, 2 years probation
Eric Garner Daniel Pantaleo Grand jury decided not to convict
Now we arrive at the cases of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. In the Arbery and Floyd cases, charges have been filed and the accused have been apprehended. However, the Taylor case has not moved forward. In Jefferson County Kentucky, the criminal complaint can be filed--with the requisite evidence--however, the decision to go forward remains at the discretion of the prosecutor.
An investigation continues. At its conclusion, we need the criminal complaint to be filed on behalf of Ms. Taylor.