Hollywood star George Clooney, who is a native of Kentucky, spoke out to say that he feels “ashamed” after a grand jury announced on Wednesday that Louisville police officers will not be charged in the death of Breonna Taylor.
“I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month,” Clooney told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
An investigation concluded that Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker had opened fire on police first, leaving officers with no choice but to return fire. Taylor was hit with six bullets, with the FBI revealing that the fatal shot was fired by Detective Myles Cosgrove.
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This came hours after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron issued a warning to “celebrities, influencers, and activists who having never lived in Kentucky, will try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case and that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do.”
“But they don’t,” Cameron added.
Clooney, however, took issue with this warning because he believes he does in fact “know the community.”
“I know the commonwealth,” Clooney said. “And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision.”
A state of emergency was declared in Louisville after the grand jury announced their decision, and riots have escalated all over the country since then. This comes as racial tensions continue to be at an all-time high months after the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota back in May.