Racial justice advocates are demanding the three Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor in March be fired immediately and charged for her murder.
Yesterday would have been Taylor’s 27th birthday and her death along with George Floyd‘s and others has been the galvanizing force for nationwide protests over the past two weeks.
Taylor was killed March 13, the same day Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency and Taylor’s family says media attention on the case has been scarce, partially due to the pandemic and economic crisis.
Organizer Tamika D. Mallory tweeted,
“Our hearts and minds are big enough to hold and fight for ALL of our slain sisters and brothers.
Happy Birthday, Breonna Taylor.
We have not forgotten you.”
According to Common Dreams,
Taylor, who was an E.M.T., was shot at least eight times after Officers John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove forcibly entered her apartment to execute a search warrant. The officers were reportedly looking for two men they believed were selling drugs in another home and had received a warrant for Taylor’s apartment because they believed one of the suspects had received packages there.
The family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department, saying the police had no reason to enter Taylor’s apartment in the middle of the night and “spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life.”
The FBI announced May 21 that it was opening an investigation into Taylor’s case, but the three officers involved have yet to be charged with a crime. They are still on administrative leave.
Writer Cate Young set up a virtual memorial Friday with specific actions supporters can take;
- Donating to Taylor’s family (nearly $5 million has been raised on one GoFundMe)
- Sign the petition at Change.org to demand justice for Taylor (over 5 million people have signed, with a goal to gather 6 million)
- Send a birthday card for Breonna to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, demanding charges for the three officers
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 118 Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
- Posting about Taylor’s case on social media using the hashtags #SayHerName and #BirthdayForBreonna (retweet messages below)
- Donating to the Louisville Community Bail Fund to support protesters who are demonstrating in Taylor’s name
Influential social justice advocates joined the viral campaign and offered more ideas for those who want to help Taylor’s family.
Activist Bernice King, addressing the issue to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted,
“We want justice for Breonna Taylor. The continuum of justice includes charging the officers who shot her eight times. Where is the action on this?”
Our hearts and minds are big enough to hold and fight for ALL of our slained sisters & brothers. Happy Birthday #BreonnaTaylor. We have not forgotten you. This is only the beginning. You WILL get JUSTICE. pic.twitter.com/qWOU0yuyyq— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) June 5, 2020
Happy Birthday to this angel, Breonna Taylor!! 🙏🏾 She would have been 27 today. May she rest in peace and in power, knowing we are doing everything we can to get her justice!! #BreonnaTaylor #SayHerName #JusticeForBre #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/QtKt8vv9hv— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) June 5, 2020
Black women killed by police are no less grieved by their loved ones. Their lives are no less worthy of being celebrated and uplifted.— Kimberle Crenshaw (@sandylocks) June 5, 2020
They are not afterthoughts.
Happy birthday, #BreonnaTaylor. #SayHERName https://t.co/mleHwRgMXg
We want justice for #BreonnaTaylor. The continuum of justice includes charging the officers who shot her 8 times. Where is the action on this, @louisvillemayor @lmpd @GovAndyBeshear? #BirthdayForBreonna #BreonnaTaylorBirthday pic.twitter.com/qc9bCwdA1b— Be A King (@BerniceKing) June 5, 2020
Breonna Taylor should have turned 27 today.— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 5, 2020
She was murdered in her home by police officers who continue to walk free.
We won’t stop fighting until justice is served. #SayHerName pic.twitter.com/BgRx8W9azE
(via Common Dreams)