Today, June 5th would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. Sadly the 26-year-old woman who worked as an EMT was killed on March 13th, when she was shot and killed in her own home.
Since the death of George Floyd, there has been a giant spotlight placed on racism, inequality, and police brutality with people all around the world demanding justice. And Breonna Taylor’s family is demanding justice of their own.
Taylor was in bed with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when police entered unannounced just before 1.am, citing a “no-knock-warrant” linked to a drug investigation. Police reported that during the raid officers, who were not wearing body cams, identified themselves before entering the apartment but were met with immediate fire. Walker claims that he believed them to be intruders because he did not hear anyone announce themselves and acted in self-defense.
“He didn’t know these were police officers, and they found no drugs in the apartment. None,” said Walker’s lawyer, Rob Eggert. “He was scared for his life and her life,” he added. Charges against Walker, 27, have been dismissed.
Breonna’s family has since filed a wrongful death lawsuit and hired civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is also representing the families of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
“They’re killing our sisters just like they’re killing our brothers, but for whatever reason, we have not given our sisters the same attention that we have given to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Stephon Clark, Terence Crutcher, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald,” Crump told The Washington Post. “Breonna’s name should be known by everybody in America who said those other names, because she was in her own home, doing absolutely nothing wrong.” He continued, “If you ran for Ahmaud, you need to stand for Bre.”
How Can You Help
Cate Young, writer and cultural critic, started the #BirthdayForBreonna campaign, which provides concrete steps that people can do to ensure that Breonna is remembered and not erased from the conversation around police brutality.
Young told Refinery29, “Very often when we have these moments where these stories [of police violence] bubble up, it’s usually because several cases happen in a short proximity of time, and when women are involved, their names get erased. I was watching it happen in real-time, and it was frustrating for me as a Black woman and an immigrant because I’m intimately familiar with the fact that we are walked by and ignored. It was frustrating because her life mattered, too, and I wanted to make sure that we were acknowledging that she deserves justice just as much.”
Here, just some of the ways you can help:
- Sign This Change.org Petition calling for justice and the arrest of all officers involved in the death and coverup of the death.
- Donate to Breonna’s family through their GoFundMe set up to help family members who are missing work to fight for justice.
- Send a birthday card or letter to the Kentucky Attorney General and Louisville Mayor. Cards can be addressed to the Office of the Attorney General Daniel Cameron, 700 Capital Ave Ste 118 Frankfurt, KY 40601. Mayor Greg Fischer’s card should demand he support bringing charges against the officers and should be sent to 527 W Jefferson St #600 Louisville, KY 40212
- Flood the hashtags #SayHerName and #BirthdayForBreonna
- Donate to the Louisville Bail Fund and support protestors on the ground.