A Georgia teacher is receiving backlash after telling her students that Breonna Taylor was responsible for her own death. During a Zoom class, Susan McCoy, who teaches forensics science at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Georgia, said that because Taylor associated with “people shouldn’t have,” her decision played a role in her death.
“She was hanging out with the guy who was wanted on charges,” McCoy incorrectly said. “[The police] knocked and he fired at them and they fired back. You know if you hang out with people who are criminals, and they shoot at a cop, you’re likely to get caught in the crossfire.”
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McCoy also referred to her as “what’s her name? Breonna something – the one that was killed in the gunfire from the cops.”
Walker wasn’t wanted on any charges and had no criminal record. When police from the Louisville Metro Police Department executed the no-knock warrant on Taylor’s home on March 13, 2020, they were looking for her ex-boyfriend JaMarcus Glover. During the failed raid, they fired 20 rounds of bullets and Taylor was struck six times, the Louisville-Courier reported. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, also didn’t have a criminal record.
McCoy also told her class that even though her death was “sad” Taylor “put herself in that position by hanging out with somebody she shouldn’t have been with.”
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After a clip from the class went viral, McCoy issued an apology via social media, Yahoo News reported.
“I want to apologize sincerely publicly for things I said today in my class that had to do with something that I was very ignorant about. I’m just heartbroken that I said something so rude and disrespectful.
All I can do is say I’m so sorry. I should never have talked about something that I didn’t understand and I truly, truly apologize and ask for forgiveness and hope that someday I can have that trust back with my students that I know that I lost.”
Pebblebrook High School hasn’t issued a statement regarding McCoy’s comments or the future of her employment.
This article was originally posted on MadameNoire.com
#BreonnaTaylor: No Officers Charged In Murder Of Breonna Taylor, Twitter Is Livid
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Justice. For. Breonna. Taylor. pic.twitter.com/Zs4vl29LFN— COMMON (@common) September 23, 2020
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This long-broken justice system continues to reveal how it “serves and protects” those in power, not the people & taxpayers that it continuously victimizes while claiming to protect. This ruling regarding the murder of Breonna Taylor is just the latest example. Absolute bullshit.— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) September 23, 2020
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I see the system won’t fight for you, so WE gotta fight for you 🙏🏾#BreonnaTaylor— Sean Don (@BigSean) September 23, 2020
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“You are beautiful.”— raf (@rafaelshimunov) September 23, 2020
“We love you.”
“We are here protecting you.”
Breonna Taylor activist says to children stepping out of their homes to witness march in Louisville.
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They literally did the opposite of “say her name”. After investigating the killing of Breonna Taylor for 6 months, here is the 2-page indictment that was rendered against one officer for wanton endangerment. The indictment makes no explicit mention of her name #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/Vl90sxnhhA— Ayman (@AymanM) September 23, 2020
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Black faces in high places do not get a pass. We can’t allow McConnell’s former lawyer to misrepresent the function of a grand jury & pretend he doesn’t have authority as AG to bring charges against the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) September 23, 2020
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My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Breonna Taylor today. Her loss remains immeasurable, and the continued lack of justice for her murder is inexcusable.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 23, 2020
We owe it to her memory to demand a justice system that recognizes #BlackLivesMatter once and for all. 1/3
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How can the Breonna Taylor grand jury reach its result? Because the officers who directly returned fire were operating under a series of SCOTUS precedents that made clashes between armed homeowners 1) lawful; 2) inevitable; and 3) unjust (short thread): https://t.co/1bLltoRLXF— David French (@DavidAFrench) September 23, 2020
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2 of the 3 officers who ended Breonna Taylor’s life will face no charges. 1 might get a slap on the wrist. The justice system is beyond broken – for Black people it never worked in the first place. It’s time to vote for transformative change. #SayHerName https://t.co/H1GJI7aAt5— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 23, 2020
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Contrast the state’s attitude toward Breonna Taylor, who was *suspected* of involvement in street-level drug trafficking, with its attitude toward the bankers, when evidence exists tying them directly to multi-national drug cartels. https://t.co/JQZJZY90l5— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) September 23, 2020
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So they charged one officer with shooting into the neighbouring apartment of Breonna Taylor but NOT for actually killing Breonna?— dvsn ÷ (@dvsn) September 23, 2020
This the Most disrespectful outcome.
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Did I hear that correctly? Only one officer is being held remotely accountable and it's not for killing #BreonnaTaylor but instead for shooting apartments? It's never been clearer that this country considers property more valuable than Black life. https://t.co/um5E19D1pj— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) September 23, 2020
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To be VERY CLEAR:— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 23, 2020
NO POLICE OFFICERS were charged with the murder of #BreonnaTaylor.
Breonna Taylor had nothing to do with even the frivolous indictment.
Ponder on that. Miscarriage of justice.
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This is another example of how our broken, racist justice system doesn't value Black lives.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 23, 2020
Breonna Taylor deserves better than this. We won't give up until there is true justice. https://t.co/0ri1JnT0YM
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Right now, Black parents all around our country are having another version of 'the talk'. They’re having to explain to their children that despite the broken and inhumane system, that their lives do matter. Tonight, I am praying for each of us and our nation. #BreonnaTaylor— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) September 23, 2020
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What happened today was not justice. Financial compensation won’t change that. One fall guy won’t change that. Breonna was murdered. Every one of the officers involved should be prosecuted for THAT crime.— sa-roc (@sarocthemc) September 23, 2020
justice for Breonna Taylor. pic.twitter.com/0bkEuVg732