Perhaps police should stop doing botched no-knock raids on the wrong homes (or any homes).
On March 13, Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep in her Louisville, Kentucky, home when the cops burst in, shooting up the place, including Taylor. Walker returned fire, wounding one of the officers. He was arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder of a police officer, who was shot in the leg. Taylor, an EMT worker, is dead.
Louisville Metro Police Department claim the officers had politely knocked on the door several times and "announced their presence as police who were there with a search warrant." When they forced their way inside, they were “immediately met with gunfire" from Walker. The problem with the police's story is that records show the officers were issued a "no-knock" warrant that permitted them to enter Taylor's home without identifying themselves as law enforcement. The police insist they did identify themselves, but it seems like a “no-knock" warrant is the type of thing the police don't bother getting unless they're gonna use it. Neighbors dispute their claim, so it's possible unidentified cops in plainclothes and unmarked vehicles broke down the door with a battering ram. That tends to concern the average homeowner.
The police were investigating two men suspected of dealing drugs in a house more than 10 miles from Taylor's apartment in southwest Jefferson County. The warrant reportedly included Taylor's home because the police believed the suspects kept drugs and money there. No drugs were found at her house, and neither Taylor nor Walker have a criminal history or drug convictions.
It's your Sunday Shows Rundown!
I hope everyone had as lovely a Mother's Day one could safely have during a pandemic! While most were sending gifts, remotely video-calling our mothers or (in the case of a restaurant in Colorado) trying to reduce the chances of having to spring for flowers next year, the Sunday political shows still go on. So we begin with White House Economic Advisor and Bizarro World Nostradamus, Larry Kudlow.
Appearing on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopolous, Kudlow was asked a question about what precautions will the White House take now that three people INSIDE the White House tested positive for COVID-19.
We didn’t even send thank-you notes.
Dennis Prager, who once lamented that white people can't say the N-word and keep their teeth, is still obsessed with how minorities refer to themselves. There's really no good introduction for the following clip other than "hold on to your airsick bag."
PRAGER: I don't care which term we use, but I don't see what's wrong with "American Indian."
Genocidal monster Christopher Columbus callously labeled the indigenous inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere “Indians," because he thought he'd landed in the Indies, the old-school term for Asia. He actually landed in the Bahamas, which is not Asia. Columbus was greatly confused is what we're saying.
Aren’t elected officials supposed to obey the law?
Washington state has been shut down for several weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and while there was bipartisan consensus that residents shouldn't die, nothing lasts forever, especially when tattoo parlors are closed.
Frustrated Republicans demand a "plan" from Gov. Jay Inslee for reopening. He has one: Stay the fuck home. It's not a ridiculously circuitous plan. It's straightforward and the necessary first step in advancing to Phase 1 of the White House's own guidelines, which require 14 straight days of falling infection numbers. Washington isn't there yet.
State Republicans released their own "road map" last Friday for opening Washington's economy, and it's paved with COVID-19. The plan identifies businesses that apparently have a "low risk" of spreading the coronavirus. This includes residential construction, car dealerships, and hairdressers. Seriously, do these people not know how hair styling works?
Some spoiled babies are defying the governor's stay-at-home order and a shocking number are actual elected officials. One of the goofballs marching on the capitol Sunday was state Rep. Vicki Kraft, a Republican from Vancouver, which isn't the one in Canada like I have to keep telling people.