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Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron turned his back on Black America. Here's how to fight back

Opinion: Kentucky's AG is blaming the system for the unconscionably light charges in the death of Breonna Taylor. The system can work against him, too.

Greg Moore
Arizona Republic

Lemme guess, it’s the system’s fault, right?

That’s what Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron wants us to believe is the reason for the unconscionably light charges in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was asleep in her home when police burst in looking for drugs, starting a firefight that killed her.

I don’t know Daniel Cameron, and I’m glad for that, because I would hate to have to turn my back on a fellow Black man the way he turned his back on justice for Breonna Taylor. 

This isn’t time to call for the abolishment of the police. That’s dumb. We need police.

This isn’t time to call for police reform. Things can ALWAYS be made better. And it’s a grueling process.

This isn’t time to turn on police officers. There are PLENTY of good police officers, just like there are PLENTY of good Black people — it’s just too bad this Cameron dude isn’t one of them.

Cameron's job was to seek justice

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron speaks during a press conference in Frankfort on Wednesday, September 13, 2020, on the results of his office's examination of the Breonna Taylor shooting case.

He’s a 34-year-old puppet. He got too big of a job at too young of an age, and he’s allowed himself to be a tool of a system that would only be too happy to oppress him. My guess is that now he knows it, and it’s going to tear him up inside until he deals with it.

Why else was he about to break down in tears while he explained what passes for justice in the commonwealth of Kentucky?

“I understand as a Black man, how painful this is,” he said.

Dude, save it. You’ve been tagging behind Mitch McConnell’s sorry, hypocritical ass for way too long for me to trust a damn word coming out of your mouth or an emotion coming out of your face.

You can’t accept, ignore or code switch your way out of this. That woman didn’t kill herself and it was on you — YOU, Daniel Cameron — to seek justice.

The PEOPLE elected YOU, and this is how you repay them?

“My heart breaks for the loss of Miss Taylor,” Cameron said. “And I’ve said that repeatedly. My mother, if something was to happen to me …”

Lemme stop you, big dog. Ain’t nobody thinking about YOU or YOUR mother, right now. This is about Breonna Taylor.

Say her name.

Angry? Here's what you can do

This is about all those people in the streets begging, demanding … dude, you know what? They’re out there mourning. This is not the country their school textbooks told them it would be, and you buying into it and trying to explain it away makes it worse.

The good news is that Cameron — like most people his age — was moving too fast.

He made the announcement that there would be no murder charges and that only one of the officers involved would face any charges at all with about two weeks to go before the voter registration deadline in Kentucky and across most of the nation.

That means angry people have something to do.

Cameron isn’t up for election until 2023, so voters can take it out on the Republican Party, which propelled him to power. They can take it out on Mitch McConnell, Cameron’s longtime mentor. They can take it out on Donald Trump.

And those who aren’t in Kentucky can do the same thing in their own states, cities, towns and counties.

Enough is enough.

Don't act on emotion. Vote

Cameron says he did everything right. That he went through all the evidence. That he did the job he was tasked to do.

And he even made a true statement when he announced the results of all his hard work, “If we simply act on emotion or outrage, there is no justice.”

He’s exactly right, which is why people who are upset should just be cool.

Get registered to vote.

Get all your friends and family members registered to vote. 

Get masked up.

And go to the polls on Nov. 3 to show the Republican Party what you think.

If Daniel Cameron says it’s the system’s fault there’s no justice for Breonna Taylor, then the people can handle this themselves — by voting.

Reach Moore at gmoore@azcentral.com or 602-444-2236. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @WritingMoore.

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