GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Activist Bruce Wilson said Black Lives Matter planned a peaceful demonstration in Greenville to call for justice after the news from Louisville that one officer had been indicted following Breonna Taylor’s death in March, not for her death, but for “wanton endangerment” for firing a gun through a wall in Taylor’s home.
Wilson said, “If you shoot through a wall, you’ll go to jail. If you shoot through Breonna Taylor, then you get paid time off.”
“It’s sad,” Wilson continued. “When will it change that, in America a wall will receive more justice than a black person? And we keep seeing it time and time again.”
Wilson said Taylor’s family in Louisville, KY needs justice, and he had an answer for anyone who asks why protest in Greenville when it didn’t happen here:
“We’re going to stand with that family because IT COULD have happened in Greenville,” Wilson said.
The demonstration happened downtown at 6 p.m. and lasted until 8:30 p.m. It included a march through most of the downtown area. We spoke with some demonstrators who said they were disheartened after the announcement, and spurred them to show out.
S.C. senator Tim Scott expressed dismay for the outcome from the grand jury, encouraging peaceful protest while condemning violence. In a statement Thursday, Scott also said initial police reports from the Louisville Metro PD were falsified, and says new legislation would have given prosecutors more tools for the case. His full statement follows:
The situation in Louisville leaves me angry, sad, and frustrated.
Breonna Taylor’s life must mean more than this. After months of heartache, I cannot imagine what her family is feeling today, but my prayers are with them. I am disappointed that the only charge brought was completely unrelated to Ms. Taylor’s death, especially when we know the initial police reports were falsified. The JUSTICE Act would have given prosecutors additional tools useful in this case, such as increasing penalties for falsifying a police report and new penalties for not using body cameras.
I will also continue to seek reforms to no knock warrants, but it is critical that states understand the federal role is limited. States and localities can ban no knock warrants in a way that would have prevented Breonna Taylor’s death, while the Constitution stops the federal government from doing so. These sorts of reforms must start from the ground up.
I am also praying for the two officers shot last night during unrest that followed the announcement of these charges. There is no doubt that the events of 2020 have left our nation on edge, but we cannot push ourselves over the cliff. Make your voices heard, but do not equate violence with more violence.
Breonna Taylor’s life, and George Floyd’s and Ahmaud Arbery’s and Tamir Rice’s and Walter Scott’s and so many others, must be seen as a beacon for change, not a war cry for bloodshed. Say their name and demand change...not destruction. Justice does not equal revenge.