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US Muslims React to the Breonna Taylor Verdict

After the Verdict

Brett Hankison has been charged, not with Taylor’s death, but with “wanton endangerment” for firing into a neighbor’s apartment in Louisville. Before the verdict, a state of emergency was declared in Louisville on Tuesday as protests were expected. The National Guard have also been deployed. 

A curfew has been set and will remain in place for the next 72 hours. Amid the protests in Louisville on Wednesday night, two police officers were shot and an investigation is underway. 

Local Muslims React to Verdict

“Sadly the majority of us knew that this woman wouldn’t get the justice she deserved. The justice that we all deserve to see,” Zainab Grant from New York told 

“It hurts more that the Black AG of Kentucky is the son in law of Mitch McConnell and now shortlisted for the Supreme Court with barely any experience. Justice traded for self-benefiting favors….. If that isn’t criminal, I don’t know what is! So Tired! #Breanna Taylor #Justice.”

“As an African American Muslim and native from Louisville, KY, I am not at all surprised by the verdict. It is typical of the judicial system of Louisville.

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“It is a commonwealth state and it is typical of the local government. African Americans have struggled with injustice and economic barriers in this city. We have been awakened during this time, as we have been complacent for a while,” she added. 

“Our Muslim community is pretty small in Louisville, KY. It is sad but it’s long overdue to have these conversations. Although I am not surprised by the verdict, I will continue to pray for justice for our people,” Staci Lewis told

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both.” [Quran, 4:135] 

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About Sabria Mills
Sabria Mills is the Co-founder and Executive Director of MACE - Muslims Advocates of Children with Exceptionalities. She is an Educational Leader and Social Advocate, who partners with educators, community leaders, and activists to advocate for inclusive spaces for people of all abilities. After spending nearly a decade working in education and addressing the needs of non-profit organizations, Sabria knows what truly drives social reform, equality, and education—and it’s not mastering the social advocacy flavor of the week. It’s how well you connect with the heart-beating people you’re trying to help and communicate your understanding back to them.