Today would’ve been Breonna Taylor’s birthday, and still no justice.
Friday June 5th 2020
Whilst we continue to mourn the loss of George Floyd, we can’t forget the fact that no one is being held accountable for Breonna Taylor’s death.
Breonna, an EMT, died March 13th. At around 12:30 that morning, when three plain clothes officers arrived at her apartment to execute a search warrant, allegedly believing the location was used as a place for a drug suspect — who’d been arrested earlier that day — to pick up packages. The police claimed they announced their arrival, though Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said the officers (Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankinson & Myles Cosgrove) never identified themselves. They went on to burst through the door, Walker, a registered gun owner, fired once at what he believed to be intruders, striking one officer in the thigh. In turn, the police allegedly fired about 20 shots, eight of which struck Taylor.
So far, there has only been one arres,t Walker, who was charged with attempted murder. These were then dismissed in late May and it was only at that time that the FBI announced probe into the shooting.
We have recently seen charges for both George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery’s cases and still nothing for Breonna. Today would have been her 27th birthday.
An online campaign, #BirthdayForBreonna, has been started by freelance writer Cate Young and encourages people to send Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron a birthday card demanding charges be filed against the three officers.
Young told Distractify. “I’ve seen this kind of thing happen over and over again, where we enter these periods of increased attention to police brutality against black people, black women are among that number, and those black women’s names just stop coming up in stories.”
To sign the petition for the officers to be brought to justice click here.
Happy Birthday Breonna, we will keep fighting for you.