Jennifer Lawrence makes a rare appearance on social media to advocate for Breonna Taylor — a 26-year-old black woman who was killed March 13 after Louisville Metro Police Department officers entered her Kentucky home and shot her eight times.
This week, the “Hunger Games” actress joined Twitter and shared two posts highlighting the inequality that Black Americans face.
In her first post, published Tuesday, the Oscar winner shares a video where actor Omar Epps and voting-rights activist Desmond Meade discuss our country’s “broken” criminal justice system.
Nearly 1 in 4 Black men in America will be locked up at some point in their life. In this short video, @omarepps & @desmondmeade explain how corruption has broken our criminal justice system—& what we can do to fix it. #UnbreakingAmerica #JusticeForSale https://t.co/nBgujzH2BH pic.twitter.com/Jhw4Jtav5L— Jennifer Lawrence - Represent.Us (@JLawrence_RepUs) June 16, 2020
On Wednesday, Lawrence, who is from Kentucky, posted an open letter to state Attorney General Daniel Cameron urging him to press charges against Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Brett Hankison, and Detective Myles Cosgrove — who entered Taylor’s residence on a no-knock search warrant while in plainclothes.
“For three months since her murder, Breonna Taylor’s family, the people of Louisville, Americans across the country, and many around the world have called out for justice. And yet, those calls have gone unanswered,” Lawrence wrote.
“As a Louisvillian, as a human being, I cannot be silent,” she added.
At an “informational only” press conference on Thursday, Cameron said the investigation into Taylor’s death is “ongoing” and declined to discuss specific details.
However, the attorney general promised that he and his team “will do what is right. We will find the truth.”
“I’d also like to say to all those involved in this case, you have my commitment that our office is undertaking a thorough and fair investigation,” Cameron continued. “This is also a commitment I’m making to the Louisville community, which has suffered tremendously in the days since March 13.”
Though the three officers have yet to be charged, Taylor’s family has filed a wrongful death suit, alleging that the police entered the residence unannounced and were actually looking for a man who lived in Breonna’s building but not her apartment.
In the wake of Taylor’s passing, the Louisville, Kentucky, metro council passed “Breonna’s Law,” in June, which bans no-knock search warrants, requires officers to have their body cameras on when conducting a search, and mandates that the body cameras be turned on from at least five minutes before the warrant is served to at least five minutes afterward.