Some Are Using “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor” As A Meme

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Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor is a call to action amongst activists demanding the arrest of the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor while she slept after entering her home on a “no-knock” search warrant. As calls for the arrest spread on Twitter, some users began adding the phrase as a non-sequitur punchline in tweets, a la Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself, leading to backlash online from people who felt the issue was too serious to be used as a meme.

Origin

On March 13th, 2020, three Louisville police officers entered the home of Breonna Taylor on a “no-knock” search warrant using a battering ram while she slept. Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker shot at the police, believing they were burglars, and police fired into the home, killing Breonna Taylor. The officers were executing a drug warrant and were given permission from a judge to use the no-knock warrant; however, the suspect in the case had been already been apprehended more than 10 miles away. The officers–Jon Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison–have been placed on administrative leave.

Amidst the George Floyd Protests, as protestors around the country called for the arrest of Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, people argued the officers who killed Breonna Taylor should also be arrested. Tweets using the phrase “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” began appearing on June 1st, 2020 (examples shown below).


Foxycodone @ketaminedream Ok now arrest the cops who killed Breonna and David. Curtis Protect the Free Press Tate @tatecurtis · Jun 1 The Louisville mayor just fired the police chief. 6:06 PM · Jun 1, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Text Font Line

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On June 5th, 2020, Twitter users participated in a lengthy Twitter chain started by user @JerichoBrown wherein they would tweet “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor” while quote-tweeting another Twitter user who tweeted the same thing.


Hannah Grace @sdrawkcabhannah Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. Jericho Brown @jerichobrown · Jun 5 Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. 10:51 PM · Jun 5, 2020 · Twitter for Android Text Font Line Jericho Brown @jerichobrown Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. 4:27 PM · Jun 5, 2020 · Twitter Web App Text Font Blue White Product Logo Aqua Line Green Azure Brand Diagram
Later that week, Twitter users began using the phrase as a non-sequitur punchline in tweets. For example, user @HeatherBarmore tweeted, “Goodnight. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor,” gaining over 29,000 retweets and 99,000 likes (shown below, left). User @kashanacauley tweeted, “It’s beautiful and sunny with a light breeze and a chill, laid back feel that makes it the perfect day to arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor,” gaining over 4,200 retweets and 14,000 likes (shown below, right).

Heather Barmore @HeatherBarmore Goodnight. • Wash your hands. • Wear a mask. • Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. 9:52 PM · Jun 11, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Text Font Line Kashana @kashanacauley It's beautiful and sunny with a light breeze and a chill, laid back feel that makes it the perfect day to arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. 3:00 PM · Jun 11, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Text Font Line
The non-sequitur tweets were criticized by others who argued that turning the call to action into a meme was counter-productive. User @oatmilk40 tweeted, “Tired of y’all making her death into memes and quirky tweets,” gaining over 8,900 retweets and 42,000 likes (shown below, left). User @yahboyantman tweeted, “the meme-ification of Breonna Taylor’s death and how widespread it immediately became is simply fucking horrifying. a person’s lost life isn’t your tweet fodder you absolute weirdos,” gaining over 120 retweets and 350 likes (shown below, right).

sara @oatmilk40 Tired of y'all making her death into memes and quirky tweets Desto @undeefeated__· Jun 11 My Name Is Junie B Jones And The B Stands For Breonna Taylor Killers Need To Be Locked The Fuck Up Show this thread 11:41 PM · Jun 12, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone  data-src=

Various Examples


Jhaunay-Amanie Hernandez @jhaunay white 5G's Burner Account @CineMasai_ I'm extremely worried that Isa 4 Life of the Party DND @EvilCleverDog Breonna Taylor isn't a fucking meme. She was a real person who was brutally murdered in her own home while she was SLEEPING. Spreading the word is important but please don't turn her into a goddamn meme. 3:27 AM · Jun 14, 2020 · Twitter Web App Text Font Line SCAM GODDESS @Divalaci Can anybody recommend a good work out where they arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor? 1:28 AM · Jun 13, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone ...... Text Font Blue Product Line Document Aqua Azure Diagram Logo Bloodborne @BloodborneGame The PC gaming show is today! You know what that means: Arrest the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor 8:22 AM · Jun 13, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone Text Font Line J'na Jefferson @jnajefferson T- Thank G- God |- It's F- Find The Cops That Killed Breonna Taylor and Arrest Them Immediately 7:02 PM · Jun 12, 2020 · Twitter Web App Text Font Line

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