Houston leaders react to grand jury decision in the case of Breonna Taylor

Trae tha Truth

A Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to directly indict the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor has caused outrage across the country, including in Houston.

After holding their breaths for months, people demanding the officers involved be arrested and charged with her murder got news they didn’t want to hear.

None of the Louisville police officers involved in the raid that killed Taylor was charged with her death.

Houston rapper Trae tha Truth has been a big voice in demanding justice for Taylor.

“Anger and heartbroken. Like, this is, that was, even less than a slap in the face,” Trae tha Truth said.

He rushed back to Louisville after helping out those affected by Tropical Storm Beta in Houston and was marching with protestors on Wednesday night.

“I literally stopped rescuing people at 2, 3 in the morning, jumped on a flight straight here,” Trae tha Truth said.

Members of the NAACP Houston Branch called the grand jury’s ruling absurd.

“We believe to be more than unjust but despicable and a deplorable misrepresentation of justice,” said Dr. James Dixon, vice president of the NAACP Houston Branch.

Dr. James Dixon

After months of seeking justice, community activists like Deric Muhammad feel no one is being held responsible for her death.

“What we saw today was a 12-inch knife stabbed in the back of Black America, and not even an inch of that knife has been taken out,” he said.

Deric Muhammad

As people try to process the decision, they also plan to fight against what they call a broken system.

“I don’t know where to go from here. I don’t have the words, but I will tell you I stand with the people that I’m going to stand with, so whatever that may be,” Trae tha Truth said.

Marcus Davis

Since June, Marcus Davis, one of Houston’s most prominent business owners, has had this symbolic mural of George Floyd plastered on the front side of his restaurant, The Breakfast Klub.

Davis says ongoing calls for justice in Taylor’s case was lost after only one of three Louisville police officers were indicted by a grand jury.

“My initial feeling was one of disgust. One that said, wow, Black lives really don’t matter,” Davis said.

“That mural on the side of our building this for Tamir Rice, Philando Castille, Walter Scott and all the other folks that were wrongfully shot, killed and choked by police officers. The message is that this is the America that you have and this is America that we want to keep. Despite how much you protest, despite how much you marching the streets, despite how many signs and chants you come up with,” Davis continued.