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.
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).
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.