A Just Decision Not to File Homicide Charges in the Tragic Breonna Taylor Case

Source: National Review.

I take (and took) the point our Forum host made in a post the other day that the warrant police used to enter Breonna Taylor’s home was constitutionally invalid because it was a no knock warrant. However, I learned from TV news last night that while the order may have been issued as a no-knock warrant, it was not served or executed in that way. Apparently, an independent eye witness has confirmed that the police both knocked on the door and identified themselves before barging into Taylor’s apartment.

It seems to me that the constitutional question is resolved so far as Breonna Taylor is concerned, although it remains a significant concern for those of us who care about liberty.

I’m also glad to hear that the National Guard has been called in to respond to any further rioting that may occur in Louisville. I hope the Feds will arrest and prosecute both rioters and anyone who has been funding and organizing them. I strongly doubt that white supremacists and right-wing extremists are much represented in either group.

In any case, Andrew McCarthy makes a good point when he says, “The criminal law is not designed to address every human tragedy.” It seems to me that justice is working out just fine in Breonna Taylor’s sad case.

5 thoughts on “A Just Decision Not to File Homicide Charges in the Tragic Breonna Taylor Case

  1. A big part of the problem is the no knock entry. Yes, I know they supposedly announced themselves. But just a tiny bit of reasoning would suggest that a raid after midnight is the equivalent of no knock. A knock, an announcement then BOOM, smash open the door.

    What would any armed homeowner do in such a case. Ask for ID’s? We can ask Don, but I am sure killing the intruders is justified under most self-defense or Castle Doctrine laws.

    Except when the police are involved.

    No knock or nighttime raids should be outlawed except if there is an imminent danger to life.

    Lastly, the usual crap about the murder victim’s life are dragged out to show that maybe she deserved to be killed anyway. Well, that is BS. What is the level of criminality needed to justify that. Speeding tickets, littering, sleeping with a crook?

    We need police reform. Our police kill 1000 per year. UK killed about 24 in two decades. Even accounting for population differences, the numbers are inexcusable.

    Interestingly, Louisville settled with the murder victims family for $12 million. That alone tells me that the government knew they were in the wrong, but could exonerate the police anyway.

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  2. Apparently being in a relationship with a known drug dealer, while not being directly involved in those dealings, is a capital offense in KY.

    It also read that surveillance JUST prior to the raid was poor. The old BF wasn’t there; the new one was.

    Justice was served yesterday. For the walls and windows of the neighbor.


  3. I’m still waiting for some details on how long they waited and how effective the announce was.

    This sounds way too much like the Ryan Frederick case(he got 27 seconds while fast asleep at the other end of the house)

    That said, the indictments should be for the superiors who set the standards for the police, not the officers executing the warrant.

    For what Knock and Announce really means.



    1. …”the indictments should be for the superiors who set the standards for the police, not the officers executing the warrant.”

      I find this statement interesting. The CO of the ship is responsible for the actions of the crew under his/her guidance and leadership. HOWEVER, it has been my experience that the lower level folks get punished as well for not exercising proper judgement or questioning the standards if need be. In this instance, the only one indicted shot into the wrong home. Something seems amiss there.

      So, from the top down, more responsibility for bad actions needs to go around.


      1. I know that in Chesapeake it was the decision of the commander of the Special Investigations Unit (Narc squad) who ordered that ALL drug related searches were to be expedited entry, and I wrote at the time that is was he, and not Ryan Frederick, who should be on trial.

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