Day After Breonna Taylor Police Indictment, Cardi B Says 'Nobody But a Wall Is Getting Justice'

Rapper Cardi B spoke out against people that have defended the ruling in the case against the police officers in the shooting of Breonna Taylor case. Yesterday, former officer Brett Hankinson was indicted on three charges of wanton endangerment for shots fired into neighboring buildings. None of the officers were indicted in connection with Breonna Taylor's killing.

In the IGTV video posted on Friday afternoon, Cardi called out people defending the ruling. "A lot of y'all are despicable, and nobody stands for s**t. I'm seeing a lot of fakeness in the comments when it comes to this Breonna Taylor story. A lot of y'all saying, 'Oh, but her boyfriend shot first. Oh, there was a witness. Oh, well, she was trafficking drugs.' All of this bulls**t," the rapper said.

Cardi continued, "I am not gonna believe a story that a DA office. A general attorney that don't stand for black people-there's an obvious [bias] came up with in a hundred or some s**t days. These people had the chance, had the chance to address the public for a very long time, and they never did. They stood quiet. They ignored the people. They straight up f**king shut down, and all of a sudden, these motherf**kers got a witness."

The Invasion of Privacy rapper explained why she thinks that home invasions should be conducted during the daytime. "I personally think that these home invasions that these cops be doing-it shouldn't be at night. It shouldn't be at midnight when people's houses are f**king dark as hell, all the lights are turned off, you can't see s**t," she said.

She continued, "Why don't they do these home invasions in the day time? Y'all gotta do it in the night time, just in case some s**t goes down: nobody saw nothing, nobody heard nothing."

Cardi referenced the wanton endangerment charges, saying that Taylor didn't receive justice. "Nobody but a wall is getting justice for they f**k up," she said.

The rapper called out people who tried to argue about Black-on-Black crimes or try to make other false statements to deflect arguments about police brutality. "Stop bringing that s**t up when y'all [are] trying to justify what happened. I see a lot of people picking up the whole, pulling strings on, "What's this? What's that?" Stop. That woman never sold drugs a day in her life, and she's dead, and y'all are being fake about it," she said.

Lastly, she said that similar arguments were made against George Floyd. "These people don't deserve to die," she said. "Y'all need to stand for something."

On Wednesday, Cardi called the decision "sad and discouraging."

Amen 🙏🏽 shit is sooo sad and discouraging.

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 23, 2020

Following the ruling on Wednesday, a number of celebrities have spoken out. Actress Viola Davis also called the ruling a "bulls**t decision." Los Angeles Laker Lebron James also tweeted on Wednesday calling for justice. "I'm devastated, hurt, sad, mad," he wrote. "We want Justice for Breonna yet justice was met for her neighbors [sic] apartment walls and not her beautiful life."

Bulls--- decision!!! BLACK LIVES MATTER!!! Cannot be said enough times.

— Viola Davis (@violadavis) September 23, 2020

my love to Breonna mother, family and
friends! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!! 😔😔🥺🥺😢😢😢😭😭😭

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 24, 2020

Oprah Winfrey also offered her condolences to Taylor's mother.

Yes. Her mother’s child. My heart goes out to Tamika Palmer, who has to be reminded, again and again, that her “baby won’t be coming through that door.” #BreonnaTaylor

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) September 23, 2020

In videos posted to her Instagram story on Wednesday, singer Lizzo expressed similar sentiments to Lebron James "I'm so disappointed and unfortunately not surprised in the way none of the officers have been charged with the murder of Breonna Taylor," she said, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. "Take everything out, take all the details out and tell somebody that this man [Officer Myles Cosgrove] broke into a woman's home and shot her to death while she was sleeping. Oh, and he wasn't charged for murder. Does that sound fair to you? It doesn't sound fair to me. No justice, no peace."

Since Taylor's death from the police shooting in March, many musicians have called for the officers involved, including Hankinson, Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, and officer Myles Cosgrove to be brought to justice.

Amid nationwide protests following George Floyd's death, many people also called for justice for Taylor, including the musicians. Legend penned an essay in Entertainment Weekly on what would've been Taylor's 27th birthday. In the essay, Legend called on Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to arrest the officers and charge them with second degree murder. He also asked people to consider donating to Color of Change and the Equal Justice Initiative.

"Now is the time for us to join together and emphatically SAY HER NAME," he wrote. "I'm sending more than my thoughts and love and prayers to Breonna Taylor's family. Today I use my platform to demand justice for this essential person, this woman, daughter, sister, and friend. While her loved ones need to be indeed in our prayers on this hard day, we also must commit to never stop fighting for justice in her name."

On June 10, Cardi B shared a video on her Instagram with Taylor's story with commentary from her mother Tamika Palmer and an activist from Until Freedom.

In the Instagram caption, Cardi also called for the three officers to be arrested. "DONT [sic] LET KENTUCKY POLICE DEPARTMENT GET AWAY WITH THIS S**T," she wrote. "They always pull out criminal records to taint every black men or women that gets murdered by police or an excuse why they got killed. Well what's the excuse now?! John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove..YA NEED TO GO TO JAIL."

Cardi B's booking agent did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

Breonna Taylor
Community members gathered for a Stand 4 Breonna event to demand justice for Breonna Taylor on September 19, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Taylor, 26, was killed by Louisville police officers as she slept in her apartment on March 13, 2020. Montinique Monroe/Getty

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