CELEBRITIES REACT IN ANGER ON DECISION IN BREONNA TAYLOR CASE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – For months now, actors, musicians and other celebrities have been calling for justice for Breonna Taylor – the Black woman who was shot to death by police in Louisville, Kentucky in a botched drug raid. And now that a grand jury has declined to indict the white officers who shot her, those calls are getting louder. Among those complaining are Viola Davis and Kerry Washington. Another actor, Queen Latifah, says failing to indict the officers for shooting Taylor, “ain’t right” adding, “enough already.” George Clooney says he’s “ashamed” by the ruling. Clooney criticized Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who complained about celebrity outsiders attacking the decision. In his statement, Clooney says he learned in Kentucky that people should be held accountable for their actions. One of the three officers involved in the shooting was indicted – but for acting recklessly by shooting into the apartment near Taylor’s, not for shooting the woman.
BREONNA TAYLOR: CELEBRITIES REACT
UNDATED (AP) – Several celebrities have reacted to the decision by a Kentucky grand jury to not indict any of the three Louisville police officers on charges of shooting Breonna Taylor in her home during a botched drug raid.
– “It’s a very complicated situation. But it ain’t right and enough already. Enough already. It’s time for some people to go to jail.” – Queen Latifah, recording artist and actor, in an interview with The Associated Press.
– “I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month. The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death …by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision.” – George Clooney, in a statement, referencing Cameron’s comments about celebrities.
– “It’s all kind of numbing. On one hand it’s like I KNOW I’m not crazy there’s a real problem in our country. On the other I’m sad that everyone doesn’t see it and some don’t want to. Of course I know God is at work. It’s just tough to process it all. (hash)BreonnaTaylor” – Lecrae, recording artist, via Twitter.
– “‘To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost all of the time.’ James Baldwin. (hash) BreonnaTaylor” – recording artist and actor Common, via Twitter.
– “Daniel Cameron is on Donald Trump’s short list as replacement of (hash)RGB on the Supreme Court. The same man who decided to not charge the officers responsible for killing (hash)BreonnaTaylor. Vote.”
– Kerry Washington, actor, referring to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, via Twitter.
– “This is is a PRIME example of Rotten to the CORE!!! UnJust!!!! Disrespectful and BLATANT DISREGARD!!!! Infuriated!!!!!!!” – Alicia Keys, recording artist, via Twitter.
– “Everyone needs to register to vote. Vote early, go hard, we got to go hard. This is not a year to take it easy, because no one has taken it easy on us. You know, and there’s no reason that young woman should not be walking around today, there’s no reason her mom should be burying her child.” – Queen Latifah, in an AP interview.
– “My heart is broken for the family of Breonna Taylor. once again we’re left with nothing that they try to make seem as something” – Ella Mai, recording artist, via Twitter.
– “Of course people are going to get on the street and they’re going to show you their pain, they’re going to show you their anger. And you have to meet that by listening. You cannot meet that by pushing back with, what are essentially baseball bats and poison that you’re spraying in people’s eyes and noses. But that is what will happen.” – writer-director Aaron Sorkin in an AP interview.
– “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. Property is worth more than a Black woman.” – W. Kamau Bell, comedian, TV host, via Twitter.
– “This is why police need to be defunded and ultimately abolished! We time and time again hope for a sliver of justice but why would we get that when the system is designed to protect the very folks that are murdering and terrorizing us. This isn’t a bad apple, it’s a rotten tree.” – Layshia Clarendon, WNBA player for the New York Liberty, via Twitter. –
– “Bulls— decision!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Cannot be said enough times.” – Viola Davis, actor, via Twitter.
NFL HALL OF FAMER GAYLE SAYERS DIES, FRIENDSHIP WITH BRIAN PICCOLO IMMORTALIZED IN MOVIE
CHICAGO (AP) -To football fans, Gayle Sayers will be remembered as a lightning-fast runner who had moves that can make defensive players trying to tackle him look foolish. But it was his interracial friendship with Chicago Bears teammate Brian Piccolo that endeared him to the nation – even more than his talents on the gridiron. Sayers has died. He was 77 – and his family says he had dementia. Sayers, who was black, and Piccolo, who was white, began rooming together in 1967. Piccolo helped Sayers recover from a serious knee injury and two years later, Sayers was at Piccolo’s side as he fought the cancer that would kill him. Their friendship was immortalized in the movie “Brian’s Song.” Billy Dee Williams played Sayers, while James Caan played Piccolo.
TIMES SQUARE NEW YEAR’S EVE PLANS INCLUDE SOCIAL DISTANCING
NEW YORK (AP) – Remember how people pack themselves into Times Square to see the ball drop to mark the end of one year and the start of another? Forget it – at least for this year. Officials in New York City say they are making plans for the annual event – but they won’t include crowds, because of the coronavirus. Instead, officials are planning what they call a socially-distant virtual experience – with only a few people to be honored in person. The organization that puts together the annual event says it will honor essential workers and others who have made a difference this year.