Ava DuVernay Declares "Justice Will Come" Following Breonna Taylor Decision

Ava DuVernay
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Ava DuVernay

The filmmaker shared a statement after Wednesday's ruling.

Following the news on Wednesday that no officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky are being charged, and only one person was indicted with "wanton endangerment" for firing into Taylor's apartment, filmmaker Ava DuVernay is calling for justice to be served.

"Our sis. We live in a world of crooks with titles and criminals with badges that will not give you justice today," she began in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "But justice will come. And it will come from us. Pushing and pulling, plotting and protesting, piercing the blue walls designed to terrorize us. Justice will come. Not today. But it will. Until then, we give you what we can. We give you glory. That word means that we will take pride in you. We will honor you. We will never forget you. We can give you this today. And tomorrow. And onward."

Former officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of "wanton endangerment" for firing shots into Taylor's Louisville apartment and endangering her neighbors with stray bullets, during a raid on March 13.

Among the other Hollywood figures taking the time to speak out against this issue, Kentucky native George Clooney said that he is "ashamed" of the decisions made in this case. "The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death."

His remarks followed Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's warning that "celebrities, influencers and activists" — specifically, those who have never lived in Kentucky — will try to "influence our thinking or capture our emotions" in wake of the Breonna Taylor decision.

The ruling comes amid the continuation of nationwide protests that have occurred following repeated killings of Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, including George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.