Breonna Taylor’s Black neighbor questions exclusion from indictment: ‘I’m a human being too’

Taylor's neighbor moved from the complex after her death.

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Breonna Taylor’s former neighbor is speaking out about the frightful evening when his home was also riddled with bullets by Louisville police officers.

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“Man, those gunshots were for almost five minutes,” Stanley David told the Louisville Courier-Journal, “It was terrible.”

David, 47, originally from Liberia, told the publication he lived directly above Taylor in apartment 8 and was home with his daughter, mother, another child the grandmother was babysitting, and the child’s father, who’d arrived to pick her up when shots tore through their apartment.

“Daddy! Daddy!” yelled his daughter when she heard the shots.

David said he was shocked when it was announced that no officer would be charged in Taylor’s death. As reported by theGrio, former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison is the only one charged for allegedly blindly firing into the apartment complex. Hankinson was fired in June for his actions. He was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and only Taylor’s white neighbors are attached to the charge—not Taylor or David, who is also Black.

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A protester walks toward Portland police with a sign honoring Breonna Taylor on September 23, 2020 in Portland, United States. Violent protests erupted across the naation Wednesday following the results of a grand jury investigation into the police shooting death of Taylor. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

“My apartment was hit too,” he said. “The bullet that came through my floor right in front of my bedroom door, if that bullet went through my bed, maybe I would have been dead too. I’m a human being too.”

He said after the night of the shooting his family could not resume their regular lives at the apartment complex on Springfield Drive and have moved. His mother could no longer take her walks and he says his daughter, who had just moved from Liberia was petrified to leave the apartment.

“My daughter could not go out to play,” says David.

According to the Courier-Journal, David used to work with Taylor when they were caregivers in a group home. She moved right below him in the apartment complex two years after he did and would wave when they saw each other in passing. He says she was hard-working and had no connection with drugs or criminal activity.

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“I don’t think that’s right,” David said of her passing and the decision to not charge officers with her death. “Breonna was not doing drugs, and she got killed for nothing. She never had a gun. She did not shoot any shots.”

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