Cardi B refuses to stay silent about Breonna Taylor’s unjust killing.
On Tuesday, Elle magazine announced that the “Bodak Yellow” rapper will grace the cover of its coveted September issue.
In an interview with Marjon Carlos, the mother of one speaks out on Taylor’s March 13 death. The EMT was fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment by white police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove.
“That is so insane to me. [I saw] Breonna Taylor’s name everywhere, but I didn’t really know her story,” the MC said. “What they did to her is really ------ up. Really ------ up.”
Like many, the 27-year-old demands that the cops responsible be held accountable for their actions.
“What’s the excuse? Why is the cop not in jail? Wasn’t what he did a crime? It’s a crime! And no apology. No apology. No video of the cop coming out crying, ‘I ------ up. I don’t this. I don’t that.’ Nothing. It’s nothing,” she exclaimed. “I don’t even know how her mom [Tamika Palmer] still holds her head up. Unbelievable.”
In addition to Taylor’s violent death, Cardi is incensed by how officials allegedly treated Palmer hours after the incident.
In a June interview with ABC News, Palmer said an officer at the scene told her to go the hospital. After waiting at the hospital for two hours, Palmer said she was then told her daughter wasn’t there. When Palmer returned to Taylor’s apartment, she says a detective then asked her if Breonna “had any enemies or anybody that would want to hurt them.”
“Imagine how frustrated her mom was, crying, probably hysterical,” Cardi said about Palmer’s alleged treatment. “The cops call her saying her daughter is in the hospital, and her daughter is not even there. Then the person who’s supposed to protect her is asking her mom, ‘Do you know anybody who [would] want to hurt Breonna Taylor?’ when you guys know who killed her!”
Though she has been vocal about Taylor’s case, Cardi wishes more male rappers would uphold Breonna’s memory.
“A woman like Breonna Taylor, she was young. She looked like she was listening to your music. She looked like she was your fan. You should stick up for her,” she said.
While Hankison was fired in June, all three cops have yet to be arrested and/or charged for the crime.