George Clooney spoke about the court decision in which no police officer was charged with the death of Breonna Taylor in the United States. Kentucky-born, the actor said he was “embarrassed” by the sentence and comments from the state attorney general, Daniel Cameron, who argued that non-residents should keep their opinions to themselves.
In a statement obtained by People magazine, Clooney started by addressing Cameron, who said this week that “there will be celebrities, influencers and activists who have never lived in Kentucky who will try to tell us how we feel”.
“I was born and raised in Kentucky. I cut tobacco on Kentucky farms. My parents and sister live in Kentucky. I have a house in Kentucky and I was there last month,” said the actor.
“The judicial system in which I was raised to believe holds people accountable for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by three white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death.”
“I know the community. And I was taught in Kentucky schools and churches what is right and what is wrong. I am ashamed of this decision,” he concluded.
Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot dead by police officers while sleeping in the bedroom of her Kentucky apartment on March 13. The jury’s decision came today and none of the three officers involved were charged with the fatal shooting.
Former detective Brett Hankison was indicted for arbitrary danger in the first degree, one of the least serious offenses under state law, and which could lead to a maximum sentence of five years in prison. However, Cameron said that “there is no conclusive evidence” that Hankinson’s bullets hit Taylor.
Hankinson was fired in May after receiving a letter of termination saying that he “rampantly and blindly” shot Taylor’s apartment 10 times.
Breonna Taylor’s death drew widespread outrage and interest in his case grew after George Floyd’s police murder on May 25 echoed the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Celebrities like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis and Alicia Keys have spoken out publicly around the case and have asked that the police be charged.