Black people, particularly Black women, have had enough. Black women have dealt with enough. And even when we are tired, frustrated, angry, hard-pressed on every side, we stand poised, ready for the fight, ready to take on the bullshit this country continues to serve us. With this disgraceful incident report about the murder of Breonna Taylor, the gloves are now off. Black women are done playing your game. We have played by your rules long enough. And we are finished being patient. You have made a foolish error mistaking our kindness for weakness. Do not think for one second, the fire burning inside each of us will continue to remain contained. Our pretty smiles hide raging infernos. We have no problem scorching your very soul. In fact, many of us would delight in it.
Every day we are fighting, screaming, chanting, praying, yelling, marching, protesting, trying to get this nation to understand that Black Lives Matter. That our lives as Black women matter. How much blood must be shed before you understand? We have slept on beds of despair, wondering how we are going to make it through another day, another hour, another fucking minute and now this! Before we have a second to breathe, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) releases the incident report, making a mockery of the murder of Breonna Taylor and, in doing so, gave a huge fuck you to Black women in Louisville. This incident report was essentially telling Black women, “We don’t give a damn how many times y’all say, Black Lives Matter. We are letting you know that your life doesn’t mean shit in this city. Your life isn’t even worthy enough to thoroughly complete the paperwork.” I’ve had to fill out more information than what is on this report when I rented a damn car!
It isn’t enough that Breonna Taylor was not safe in her own home. It isn’t enough that Breonna Taylor was shot 8 times and died on her apartment floor in a pool of blood. It isn’t enough that this city buried the circumstances surrounding her death. It isn’t enough that a 26-year-old Black woman had a life, and a future, that was stolen from her family, her boyfriend, and her community. It isn’t enough that Black women in this city are grieving and hurting. Oh no. The LMPD must add insult to injury by releasing a virtually blank incident report. This is the best they could offer Breonna, even in her death. Even after THEY murdered her! And the cherry on top of this atrocity is the report is filled with lies. Breonna Taylor is listed as having no injuries. I suppose the LMPD just overlooked the 8 shots that pierced her body. The report also stated there was no forced entry. The officers obtained a no-knock warrant and rammed in her door. The report is a complete lie!
And then to release this report like it was going to do what? Pacify us? Make us say, “Oh, wow, look how transparent the LMPD is being.”
THIS REPORT WAS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO ALL BLACK WOMEN! This report was another way of killing the legacy of Breonna Taylor over and over again. Every single day we fight and wait for justice. But justice too long delayed is often justice denied. Because every day, this city reminds Black women that our lives do not matter. Our lives matter so little, the police can kill us, lie on an incident report, and put that bullshit incident report out in the media without batting an eye. There is absolutely no fucking accountability! No one is in a position of authority and leadership in that department and beyond, and that is why we are where we are today with cowboy cops running into people’s homes and killing them.
I suggest Mayor Fischer you start asking the hard questions to yourself and to this department. A tweet about this report isn’t going to suffice. It’s almost like you have never seen this report before.
And let me say, if you have never seen this report before, that says a lot about your leadership. Everything about the Breonna Taylor case down to if she was wearing fucking socks the night she was murdered, you need to know! Pull every single piece of paperwork. Ask for the Departmental Report. That’s the one we want to see and start asking the hard damn questions to people that are on the streets to police this city. Because trust me, this isn’t the first time these officers completed reports like this. It is just the first time they got caught! If you think this is something new at the LMPD, you are kidding yourself! Your fucking police department is corrupt! And I have watched enough law shows to know one thing. Either you are blind to that fact, or you are part of that fact: one or the other. But the proof of their lies is right there in black and white. The officers are liars, and they knew that was acceptable at the LMPD. The officers completed this report like this because they knew they could, and they were banking on the fact that no one would give a damn because Breonna Taylor was a Black woman.
Well, let me tell you, I give a damn.
I give a damn because I am a Black woman.
I give a damn because I have a daughter who also is named Brianna, that is just a few years younger than Breonna Taylor.
I give a damn because a 26-year-old Black woman never got to celebrate her 27th birthday.
I give a damn because I am sick and tired of being sick and fucking tired when it comes to dealing with race in this city.
I give a damn because I am not going to sit by and allow the city and the LMPD to disrespect the memory of Breonna Taylor.
I give a damn because I am not going to just twiddle my thumbs while this city continues to shit on Black women!
How dare you. How dare this fucking city! A city where Black women have worked and sacrificed. A city where we have to continually send our Black children to schools where they are over-policed and must fight racism daily. A city where Black women were enslaved. A city where Black women helped build your wealth. A city where Black women have taught your children and nursed your damn babies!
How dare this fucking city! A city where a Black attorney, Alberta Jones, never found justice. A city where we fought for Gynnya McMillen, a 16-year-old Black girl, who was found dead alone in a jail cell. A city where Maurice E. Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones were killed at a damn Kroger just for being Black. A city where a string of events initiated by rogue cops playing executioner led to the death of David McAtee.
How dare you and how dare this fucking city!!! I AM TIRED OF TRYING TO PROVE TO LOUISVILLE THAT BLACK PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY BLACK WOMEN, ARE WORTHY OF RESPECT AND DIGNITY! I AM TIRED OF TRYING TO PROVE THAT THE LIVES OF BLACK WOMEN MATTER!
THOSE DAYS ARE OVER!
STOP FUCKING WITH US BECAUSE WHEN WE FUCK BACK, IT WILL NOT BE PRETTY AND I DONT USE VASELINE!
WE HAVE UPHELD OUR END OF THE BARGAIN! WE HAVE DONE OUR PART, AND BLACK WOMEN ARE TIRED!
I WILL WATCH THIS WHOLE DAMN CITY BURN TO THE GROUND AND SMILE AS I ROAST MARSHMALLOWS IN FRONT OF CITY HALL!