Author: Nicholas Lloyd
Nearly a year ago, police took the life of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old woman who worked as an emergency room technician and posted her aspirations on notes around her apartment. Since then, her name has rung through the streets, worldwide and in the U.S., carried by impassioned chants and voices demanding accountability for the officers that killed her. Yet after an arduous year, officers Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Joshua Jaynes, and Jon Mattingly have yet to be charged for Breonna Taylor’s death. Accountability is far from accomplished and we are once again reminded of the cruel racism that plagues the U.S. “justice” system.
The death penalty can be carried out at the state or federal level, and the most common method is lethal injection. However, 16 states also authorize “secondary methods,” which include “electrocution, lethal gas, hanging, nitrogen hypoxia, and firing squad.” (“States and Capital Punishment”). By law, the federal government and most states require that the jury votes unanimously in favor of the death penalty, with the exception of Alabama (Mahoney). The Florida supreme court recently issued a ruling that would allow the legislature to rescind that requirement as well (Mahoney).
The Black Lives Matter movement is igniting a fierce purpose in Americans fighting for justice. In this fight, one call is beginning to ring loud and clear – the call to defund the police. Why does this call have to do with more than the police, and why is it forming the face of justice […]