It was exactly one year ago today that an innocent young Black woman lost her life in a late-night police raid gone wrong as police gunfire rained through her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky.
From the New York Times:
For months, her death went largely unrecognized. Once more people took notice, though, the city was shaken to its core. Protests rocked the downtown area during the summer and fall as demonstrators demanded justice through tears and megaphones and erected a memorial in a prominent square. They prayed together and sang together, chanting, “Say her name!”
Breonna Taylor became a rallying cry, and when no officers were charged in connection with her death, which occurred during a botched drug raid, protesters returned to the streets. Activists are optimistic that the first anniversary of her death, on Saturday, will further fuel a promising surge of civic engagement, particularly from Black residents.
“What happened to Breonna Taylor has shaped every aspect of our lives,” said Charles Booker, a former state representative for Louisville. “Her door being kicked in was our door being kicked in. It really has transformed everything.”
For those who aren’t aware, the police got a tip Taylor’s apartment was being used to traffic drugs. They got the address wrong.
According to reports, the police burst through the door in the middle of the night under the use of what’s known as a ‘no-knock warrant’ which means they didn’t announce who they were before entering. Taylor was shot dead in her bed.
Over the course of a year, none of the officers who fired into the apartment that night has been charged for the death of Taylor.
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Breonna Taylor’s death was a tragedy, a blow to her family, her community, and America. As we continue to mourn her, we must press ahead to pass meaningful police reform in Congress. I remain committed to signing a landmark reform bill into law.
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 13, 2021
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 14, 2021
Breonna Taylor’s life mattered. #JusticeForBreonna
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— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 13, 2021
SAY HER NAME: BREONNA TAYLOR.
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 13, 2021
Saying her name is about honor.
Saying her name is about respect.
Saying her name is about accountability.
Saying her name is about equal protection.
Saying her name is about demanding action.
Saying her name is about justice.
Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor.
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) March 13, 2021
One year after she was murdered by police officers, it is a disgrace that we are still waiting on justice for Breonna Taylor. Yes, her life mattered. The time is long overdue for us to combat systemic racism and a broken criminal justice system.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 13, 2021
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— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) March 13, 2021