On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sep 23rd, not much more than an hour after the Kentucky AG announced that no officers would be charged for the killing of Breonna Taylor, the ACLU released its own statement to the press. Before you read it, remember that this is the statement of an old organization that depends on its relationships for its effectiveness as much as it does the courts. So when they release statements, they’re not normally likely to simultaneously set fire to their political relationships and impugn the credibility of the courts.
But read this fucker:
Today’s charging decision is the manifestation of what the millions of people who have taken to the streets to protest police violence already know: Modern policing and our criminal legal system are rotten to the core.
Ho. Lee. Fuck. Who said this?
Carl Takei, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, issued the … statement
Well, DAMN, Carl! Give us more!
This decision further highlights what was already obvious: To change these systems that routinely perpetuate egregious acts of violence against Black lives, elected officials must listen to the cries of those communities and make sweeping changes — including divestment from these broken institutions and reinvesting in non-police alternatives — so that Black people no longer fear being murdered in their own home. (Emphasis mine, because why the hell not? You just know that Takei was swearing up a storm while typing this anyway.)
You gotta wonder, though, exactly what the ACLU will be doing when the elected officials feel burned and won’t return their calls and the judges feel their integrity has been called into question.
WHOOPS! TAKEI GOT THAT COVERED:
“We will continue to fight alongside the members of the Louisville community and the larger movement to shift power and resources away from the racist and unjust institution of policing that regularly terrorizes our communities and the lives of those that we love.”
You fucking GO, ACLU. You fucking GO.