Demand Justice for Breonna Taylor on Her 27th Birthday

Brenda Watkins
June 6, 2020

Taylor's name has become a familiar refrain during the almost two weeks of protests in every U.S. state against police brutality and the police-involved killings of black and brown men and women, including the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

NBC News reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it was investigating the death of Breonna, who was killed by police during a raid at her home in Louisville, Kentucky. "She doesn't get to go to work every day". Political leaders have responded to the protests by announcing a comprehensive review of the police department by an outside firm, temporarily suspending no-knock warrants, which were issued the night Taylor was killed in her apartment, and introducing "Breonna's Law", a proposed ordinance that would sharply curtail the use of the warrants. It's an unbelievable, yet all too common, series of events that resulted in an innocent life taken entirely by the police. Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was also in the apartment, thought their home was being broken into and fired at the doorway when police entered, wounding one officer in the leg, The Washington Post reported. Even as more information on the history of the officers involves come to light.

Instead of marching on the streets, hundreds gathered in Washington Park for a candlelight vigil honoring Breonna Taylor and marking the Louisville, Kentucky, woman's 27th birthday.

"Breonna Taylor!" the crowd chanted back.

Rumer captioned the image: 'Say Her Name! The three officers involved in murdering the 26-year-old EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) have not been brought to justice. Today you would be celebrating your lovely life.

John Boyega hailed a hero
Lexi's speech came amid global calls to action following the killings of George Floyd , Breonna Taylor , and Ahmaud Arbery . They have to be anxious that "I could go to jail for this", they have to respect us. "Black lives have always mattered".

"The police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor still haven't been arrested or charged".

"Officers opened fire & shot you 8 times, killing you in cold blood because your auto was suspected to be parked outside of a home they were investigating".

In April, Taylor's family filed a lawsuit that accused the officers of wrongful death, excessive force, and gross negligence. This is a picture of me & you to remind people of just how big your smile was & though our interaction was brief, I can attest to the fantastic energy you exuded & how genuinely happy you were to meet me this night.

But her exclusion, and that of other black women, is the latest iteration of a long-standing issue: Black women's experiences of police brutality and their tireless contributions to mass social justice movements have nearly always received far less media or political attention.

Check out the photo he shared below. I appreciate you & I am the one thankful for the picture with such a lovely soul.

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