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Lots of of demonstrators gathered in downtown Louisville Saturday to mark the anniversary of the loss of life of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black girl who was killed by law enforcement officials at her condominium one yr in the past.
Taylor, whose identify has grow to be a rallying cry within the motion for racial justice, was killed in a narcotics raid on March 13 of final yr when Louisville Metro Police Division officers compelled their manner into her residence. She was not the goal of the raid.
On Saturday, activists and supporters joined Taylor’s household in a rally at Jefferson Sq. Park — the guts of a lot of Louisville’s protests during the last yr — to recollect her life and demand additional justice.
These calls for included calls on state and native officers to carry Louisville law enforcement officials accountable for Taylor’s loss of life. Not one of the officers who fired their weapons within the raid have confronted legal fees for Taylor’s killing.
The town settled a wrongful loss of life lawsuit with Taylor’s household in September for $12 million. The settlement included a sequence of police reforms. Louisville had earlier additionally banned no-knock warrants.
“We have made vital reforms in insurance policies & priorities, however we acknowledge it isn’t practically sufficient,” stated Greg Fischer, the mayor of Louisville, in a tweet Saturday morning. “We’ve got a great deal of work forward of us on our dedication to maneuver from tragedy to transformation.”
Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, thanked the group Saturday for his or her help during the last yr. Walker was charged with assault and tried homicide of a police officer after he shot an officer within the leg in the course of the raid, however a Kentucky decide earlier this week dropped the costs for good.
“That is an excellent begin,” Walker stated. “However we have to maintain going.”
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Tamika Palmer and Bianca Austin, Taylor’s mom and aunt, had been additionally current on the rally. Following speeches and performances honoring Taylor’s life, they led a whole bunch of demonstrators in a march down Jefferson Road, usually chanting her identify.
Ben Crump, the Taylor household’s lawyer, stated household of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis final spring, had been additionally on their strategy to Louisville to help Palmer — although he stated their flight was delayed.
Palmer didn’t converse publicly on the rally, however she advised NPR member station WFPL in Louisville Friday that “there’s been no justice” for her daughter’s loss of life.
“There is not any police accountability, so it will be one other time subsequent yr that we’ll be again in the identical place,” she stated within the interview.
Some audio system Saturday additionally criticized a invoice going by the Kentucky state legislature that might make it against the law to insult or taunt law enforcement officials.
That invoice comes after protests in Louisville and throughout the nation final yr erupted within the wake of the deaths of Taylor, Floyd and different Black Individuals killed by police.
Sadiqa Reynolds, president and CEO of the Louisville City League, known as the laws “the shut the hell up and take it invoice.” She advised the group at Jefferson Sq. Park that the gathering was about “justice.”
“It is a motion,” Reynolds stated. “We’re standing in Louisville, however throughout the nation persons are standing.”
Forward of the weekend’s demonstrations, metropolis officers blocked off a number of of the principle roads downtown with vehicles and concrete barricades. As of Saturday night, no main clashes had taken locations between marchers and regulation enforcement current on the occasions.
Protests and occasions commemorating the anniversary of Taylor’s loss of life had been additionally held Saturday in cities throughout the nation, together with New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles.