Charles Barkley is under fire for comments he made about the Breonna Taylor case.
The former NBA player said on TNT’s Inside the NBA, “I just feel bad that the young lady lost her life. But we do have to take into account that her boyfriend shot at the cops and shot a cop. So like I say, even though I am really sorry she lost her life, I just don’t think we can put this in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery.”
After midnight on March 13, three officers — Brett Hankison, Miles Cosgrove and John Mattingly executed a botched “no-knock” warrant at Taylor's apartment that she shared with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron claimed the warrant was not a no-knock warrant and the police did announce themselves prior to barging into the apartment, a claim that the Washington Post refutes. Believing they were intruders, Walker fired his weapon and gunfire from the officers ensued. The 26-year old EMT was struck six times and died at the scene.
The police raid found no drugs at Taylor’s apartment and she was not the target of the investigation. Rather, it was her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover who police were after. Glover had been arrested earlier that same night.
On Wednesday, Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron announced that none of the officers would face charges for killing Taylor. Only one officer, Brett Hankison, was charged with “wanton endangerment” for firing his gun into the wall of Taylor’s neighbor’s apartment. Hankison was fired from the department in July. The others remain on duty.
Twitter was outraged by Barkely’s comments. See below:
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