LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Protesters blocked the streets of Louisville and chanted “No justice, no peace” on Sunday to mark the two-year anniversary of the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, whose death helped fuel a reckoning Racial Justice National.
The march included nearly 100 people and came after relatives and supporters of Taylor gathered in a downtown park, which served as the epicenter of protests that gripped the city following the shooting of Taylor and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
At 3:13 p.m., family members and others launched dozens of balloons, part of a nationwide launch in Taylor’s honor. It was organized by the Breonna Taylor Foundation, which continued to press for police accountability.
“Our goal – our end goal – is Breonna Taylor’s responsibility,” Taylor’s aunt Bianca Austin said, addressing a gathered crowd. “Breonna didn’t deserve to die the way she did.”
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She was joined by other relatives, including Taylor’s younger sister Juniyah Palmer and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Friends and a former college roommate were also there.
Taylor, a black woman and ER technician, was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers after forcing their way into her apartment around 12:40 p.m. on March 13, 2020. They had a search warrant to search for drugs and money as part of a large narcotics investigation.
No medication was found. The shooting drew more attention after George Floyd, a black man, died below the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis, and the two cases helped catalyze nationwide racial justice protests.
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Brett Hankison, the only officer to face charges in the Louisville shooting, was recently found not guilty of wanton endangering three of Taylor’s neighbors.
Attendees marched through downtown streets late Sunday afternoon, chanting Taylor’s name as they passed convention-goers and the upscale Omni Hotel. They stopped to block traffic at several intersections, but this attracted no police presence.
Sunday was part of a series of events sponsored by Justice 4 Louisville and the Breonna Taylor Foundation over the weekend, which included a gathering of black Louisville leaders who discussed community, politics, healing race and mobilization.
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Earlier in the day, political candidates gathered in the square at a forum organized by the Louisville chapter of the Revolutionary Black Panther Party. Most of the candidates spoke about the inequalities that persist in Louisville and the need to close those gaps.
Shortly before the march, US Senate candidate Charles Booker addressed the crowd and urged them to keep fighting for change.
“We know we don’t have justice,” he said. “So we know we can’t stop.”