One year after Breonna Taylor's death, demonstrations for justice continue
Saturday, March 13 marked the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's murder, and hundreds of people demonstrated in the streets still chanting for justice on her behalf.
A year ago, the terrible news of Breonna Taylor's death spread around the globe. She was was sleeping in her home when police stormed in and shot her to death during a police raid as part of a narcotics investigation. Three police officers entered Taylor's home dressed as civilians looking for drugs that were never found.
Her case sparked mass protests in numerous U.S. cities against racism and police violence and coincided around the same time as George Floyd's murder by Minneapolis police.
This past weekend, Tamika Palmer, Taylor's mother, who has become an activist and reference against the systemic racism of the U.S. police, led a march with the slogan "Justice for Breonna Taylor." Hundreds of people gathered at Jefferson Square in Louisville, Kentucky, where a memorial in honor of Taylor had stood for months with an image of her face, flowers and messages in her honor.
The square was filled with activists, friends and citizens demanding justice for Taylor's case and for structural changes in the police's relationship with the Black community. Attorneys Lonita Baker and Benjamin Crump, legal representatives for Taylor's family, spoke at the rally addressing Breonna's mother and family with words of comfort and strength for the struggle that has yet to receive justice.
While Taylor's family has received a $12 million settlement as a result of the civil lawsuit against the city of Louisville, none of the three officers who broke into her home have been charged in Taylor's death, although two of them were fired from their jobs last December.
Taylor's mother continues to fight on her daughter's behalf until the commitment to reform the Kentucky police department materializes and justice can be served for Breonna, for George Floyd and for so many other members of the African-American community who have suffered abuse and racist violence by police in the U.S.