Steve Kerr, War­riors play­ers frus­trated by lack of charges in Bre­onna Tay­lor case.

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - NATION - By Connor Le­tourneau

Af­ter the War­riors’ first prac­tice of mini­camp Wed­nes­day, head coach Steve Kerr voiced frus­tra­tion that no po­lice of­fi­cer has been charged in the shoot­ing death of Bre­onna Tay­lor.

While Golden State was work­ing out, news broke that a grand jury had in­dicted former Louisville po­lice de­tec­tive Brett Hanki­son for en­dan­ger­ing Tay­lor’s neigh­bors by reck­lessly fir­ing his gun dur­ing a raid on her apart­ment in March. Hanki­son was the only of­fi­cer whose gun­fire did not strike Tay­lor, and he is the only

one of the three of­fi­cers who has been dis­missed from the force.

Wed­nes­day’s in­dict­ment of Hanki­son came af­ter a month­long in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of Tay­lor, a 26­year­old emer­gency­room tech­ni­cian who was shot at least five times by of­fi­cers ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant. Pro­test­ers through­out the coun­try have de­manded noth­ing short of mur­der charges for all three of­fi­cers.

“It’s just so de­mor­al­iz­ing and so dis­cour­ag­ing,” Kerr said. “I just keep think­ing about the gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can kids of any color. Is this the way we want to raise them? Is this the coun­try we want to live in? It’s just so much vi­o­lence. There’s so much shoot­ing, and it comes in so many forms, whether it’s school shoot­ings, vig­i­lan­tism, po­lice bru­tal­ity or neigh­bor to neigh­bor.

“There’s just so much vi­o­lence, and it’s de­mor­al­iz­ing when we can’t be ac­count­able or hold any­one to ac­count for it. The re­ally de­mor­al­iz­ing thing is we have a re­ally pow­er­ful move­ment that’s hap­pen­ing. We have so many peo­ple that care about this coun­try, peo­ple who want change and be­lieve in jus­tice for Black and brown com­mu­ni­ties, yet we don’t have it. It’s such a tough hill to climb.”

War­riors guard Jor­dan Poole echoed Kerr’s sen­ti­ments, stress­ing the need to bring jus­tice to the of­fi­cers who killed Tay­lor.

“Those of us who are part of the African Amer­i­can com­mu­nity, it’s def­i­nitely un­fair how we’re be­ing treated, and the way things are go­ing,” Poole said. “We need to be heard, and I know we won’t stop un­til some­thing changes. Our an­ces­tors have been fight­ing their en­tire lives to get us to the point where we are now.

“It’d be a slap in the face to them if we were to stop, so we’re just go­ing to go as hard as we can. We need jus­tice, es­pe­cially for Bre­onna Tay­lor and Ja­cob Blake. We won’t stop un­til our voices are heard.” Blake was shot in the back by po­lice in Wis­con­sin in Au­gust.

War­riors for­ward Eric Paschall, who missed Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice be­cause he hasn’t com­pleted the league’s coronaviru­s test­ing pro­to­cols, tweeted, “The fact that I am not sur­prised (about Wed­nes­day’s news) scares me!” Shortly there­after, Michele Roberts — ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion — said in a state­ment, “Sadly, there was no jus­tice today for Bre­onna Tay­lor.

“Her killing was the re­sult of a string of cal­lous and care­less de­ci­sions made with a lack of re­gard for hu­man­ity, ul­ti­mately re­sult­ing in the death of an innocent and beau­ti­ful woman with her en­tire life ahead of her.”

Asked what re­forms can be put in place to hold po­lice of­fi­cers ac­count­able for killing un­armed Black peo­ple, Kerr said, “From a le­gal per­spec­tive, I don’t re­ally know what re­forms have to be made.

“From a hu­man per­spec­tive, let’s ac­tu­ally take care of each other and look af­ter one an­other. We’ve got to find a way to take a step for­ward in this coun­try, and get away from this hor­ri­ble cy­cle of vi­o­lence that con­tin­ues and that has been hap­pen­ing for so long. It’s a mat­ter of hu­man­ity.”

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