As community activism continues to grow, justice for Breonna Taylor is heating up as well. Her Go Fund Me Page started by family member Bianca Austin raised over 5 million dollars in 5 days. The speed and amount of monies raised is a testimony to the power of the black dollar and activism. The Black community is outraged at how she died and how nothing has been done to bring justice for her death.
Breonna Taylor was killed on March 13, 2020 when police entered her home. The police exchanged fire with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker who was licensed to carry a firearm. Allegedly Walker fired first and hit a police officer. Breonna, 26-years-old at the time, was fatally shot. The Louisville Metro Police Department reportedly fired off 20 rounds into the apartment. Taylor was shot 8 times and at the time of her death Breonna was an emergency medical technician.
It’s been reported that none of the officers were wearing body cameras when they entered the residence. They were all dressed in plainclothes as they were allegedly plainclothes narcotics officers.
Walker did not die in the incident. Instead he faced criminal charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. However, in 911 calls released to the public Walker can be heard saying, “somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend.” In late May all charges against Walker were dismissed.
Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death suit against the police alleging that the police officers entered her home without knocking or announcing they were police officers. In addition, the suit alleges the police opened fire with no regard for human life.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation opened an investigation into Breonna’s death on May 21, 2020, the same day that Police Chief Steve Conrad who was previously handling the case announced his retirement. Furthermore, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer indefinitely suspended the use of “no knock” warrants. Breonna’s case surely influenced Fischer’s decision.