The hosts of “The Real” are reacting to the Jefferson County, Kentucky, grand jury’s decision not to file homicide charges in Breonna Taylor’s March 13 death.
On Wednesday, former police officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighboring apartment where a male, a pregnant female, and a child were home. However, neither Hankison nor the two other cops involved, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were charged for Taylor’s killing.
On Thursday’s episode, an emotional Garcelle reacted to the news, which many believe is dishonoring Taylor’s life.
“I am so tired. I am so tired of us not being valued. I am so tired that we don’t matter. We matter! We matter! And I’m so sick of it!” Garcelle exclaimed.
“That fact that they were wrong and they didn’t — they’re not even making it right. They’re not even saying, ‘You guys, we were wrong and this beautiful woman’s life matters,’ that we matter. I’m so sick. I’m exhausted. I have nothing else to say.”
“I feel for you, Garcelle,” Jeannie said in response. “There is no doubt that the most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. Period.”
At a press conference Wednesday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron stated that Mattingly and Cosgrove were “justified in returning fire [against Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker] because they were fired upon” by Walker. Cameron said that Walker “admitted that he fired one shot and was the first to shoot.”
Additionally, Cameron said Cosgrove fired the fatal shot that killed Taylor, per FBI ballistics analysis though he mentioned that a second analysis by a state lab was inconclusive.
While recognizing that Taylor’s “death has become a part of a national story and conversation,” Cameron slammed “celebrities, influencers, and activists [who] never lived in Kentucky” for trying to tell the state “how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case, and that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do.” He also praised the grand jury, which he says operates independent from “outside influence.”
Despite Cameron’s statement, Loni strongly believes the citizens of Kentucky know right from wrong.
“And then the thing is, is that I want to say to the good people of Kentucky, ’cause there was a statement made by Daniel Cameron about ‘Don’t let outside people influence you.’ Kentucky? There’s some wonderful people there. They’re smart. They know right from wrong, and they even know that this is wrong,” she said.
“So I’m — don’t get influenced by him saying that we’re influencing you. You guys have a mind of your own. Wrong is wrong, and there were a lot of mistakes made. A lot of mistakes made.”
Hours after the grand jury’s indictments were announced, protests erupted around the country, and some turned violent.
In a video posted to Twitter by WKBW reporter Ashley Rowe, a truck is seen driving through a crowd of protesters outside of Buffalo City Hall, striking one person. Rowe said the person struck suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
***Warning: Graphic video*** our @wkbw photographer captured the moment a truck drove through a crowd of protesters and struck a person outside Buffalo City Hall. Important to note: police say the person struck has non-life threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/Vo9IORTYoF— Ashley Rowe (@AshleyroweWKBW) September 24, 2020
Per TMZ as of Thursday at 7:34 a.m. PST, the driver of the truck is reportedly in custody.
On Thursday, the Louisville Courier Journal reported that two Louisville Metro Police officers, who belong to the same department as Mattingly and Cosgrove, were shot in downtown Louisville.
As of Thursday at 9:40 a.m. EST, Interim LMPD chief Robert Schroeder said both officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. One was in surgery, and the other was alert and in stable condition.
Schroeder added that a suspect was taken into custody but did not identify the individual. However, the outlet later identified the suspect as Larynzo Johnson of Louisville.