Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott became the latest sports figure to react to a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to charge the Louisville police officers responsible for Breonna Taylor’s death.
Prescott, who pledged $1 million to improve police training following the death of George Floyd, spoke to reporters on Thursday about the verdict from the grand jury on Wednesday following Taylor’s death in March.
Dak Prescott reacts to Breonna Taylor verdict
Taylor, a Black medical worker, was in her apartment in March when she was shot and killed by Louisville police officers during a botched raid.
In the raid on March 13, police served a no-knock warrant with State Attorney General Daniel Cameron saying an investigation determined they knocked before entering. Taylor’s boyfriend told police he heard knocking but didn’t hear the officers identify themselves and fired in self-defense when the front door was busted through by a battering ram.
The bullet struck an officer in the leg, leading to three officers firing 32 total shots into the apartment. Taylor was struck in the return fire, being hit six times and she was later declared dead at the scene.
Two of the officers involved in the fatal shooting won’t face any charges for the use of force, which was ruled to be justified. A third officer was charged with wanton endangerment, for endangering the lives of other residents. Following the decision, Prescott weighed in on the verdict and the importance of bringing change by voting in different elected officials.
“That’s disgusting. I don’t understand that one at all. There’s a lot of things in this country that I don’t understand that we’re looking at right now,” Prescott said, via Michael Gehlken. It’s about us educating ourselves. It’s about us getting registered to vote and going out there and doing that and making sure that we’re educated on who we’re voting for and what they’re going to do when they’re in office.”
While Prescott focused on a positive message during his interview, he closed by reflecting the same anger that many of his peers have felt.
“But that’s simply unacceptable, and I don’t understand an officer not being charged in that case,” Prescott said, via Michael Gehlken.
Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry honored Taylor in July and Houston Texans receiver Kenny Stills was arrested, with the charges later dropped, for protesting following Taylor’s death. The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams called for the officers to be arrested and charged.
The city recently agreed to a settlement with Taylor’s family after they followed a wrongful death lawsuit against Louisville.