Here’s the conclusion of the Washington Post editorial on the city’s settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor and the news from Louisville that only one police officer will be indicted on charges of wanton endangerment:
These are welcome measures that may do much good, particularly if they are accompanied by robust accountability efforts that ensure the reforms aren’t walked back after the national gaze turns elsewhere. Still, there is so much a settlement like this cannot do: It cannot change the fact that Black women too often have lethal brushes with the law, simply because of the company they have once kept; it cannot change the fact that too many cases are ignored, as Ms. Taylor’s case could easily have been without the tireless efforts of advocates; and it cannot bring her back.
and here’s the conclusion of the corresponding Wall Street Journal editorial:
Mr. Cameron [ed.: Kentucky’s Attorney General] said his “heart breaks” for the Taylor family, that Breonna’s death is a “tragedy,” and that “as a black man” he understands the pain the community feels. But he says this has made his team all the more determined to get to the facts. Now, he says, it is up to the community: “Our reaction to the truth today says what kind of society we want to be. Do we really want the truth, or do we want a truth that fits our narrative?”
and here’s the news report from CNN on the situation in Lousiville:
(CNN)Two Louisville police officers were shot Wednesday night as protesters marched following news that only one of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death was indicted on first-degree wanton endangerment charges.
The other two officers who also fired shots during the botched March raid were not indicted, meaning no officer was charged with killing the 26-year-old Black emergency room technician and aspiring nurse.
Who’s got it right? Both? Neither? Are the “protesters” seeking justice or vengeance? Or something else?