WHO IS BREONNA TAYLOR?

Breonna Taylor would be 27 today. She was killed by the police two months ago when officers burst into Taylor’s apartment while she was asleep to conduct a late-night drug investigation using a “no-knock warrant.” Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was worried that someone was breaking into the apartment, so he shot and wounded an officer. In retaliation, the officers returned fire and shot Taylor at least 8 times in her own home. In addition, the police were AT THE WRONG HOUSE. THE MAN THEY HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR HAD ALREADY BEEN ARRESTED EARLIER THAT DAY. None of the officers were required to wear a body camera at the time (which was later changed by LMPD but not followed through), so there is no video of the crime. Though her mother filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department in late April, none of the officers in her case have been arrested or fired. The three officers involved in her shooting are still on administrative leave. This has to change. Charges must be filed immediately. Arrests of the officers involved: JOHN MATTINGLY, BRETT HANKISON, AND MYLES COSGROVE must be made now. Additionally, the “no-knock warrant” that the police had used violates the constitutional rights to reasonable search and seizure. By law, police must be legally obligated to announce themselves before breaking and entering into a home privately owned by American civilians. Taylor, and all of the other innocent victims who had been killed by the police, had a long life to live. She was an EMT and was described as “full of life” and “a best friend to so many.” During the pandemic, she worked at two hospitals as an essential worker.

Please sign this petition so that Breonna Taylor can get the justice she deserves.

UPDATE:

As of June 23, 2020, one of the cops that was involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor was fired. In the termination letter, Chief Robert Schroeder accused the former officer, Brett Hankison, of violating its policy on the use of deadly force, saying that he {Hankinson} “wantonly and blindly” fired 10 shots into Ms. Taylor’s apartment on March 13.

While this is great news, we cannot be satisfied with only one officer being fired. Firing Hankison is not enough, and we shall not take the bait and stay satisfied with simply one arrest when it should have happened months before. Most likely, Hankison will still be able to walk freely and retire comfortably. This should not be the outcome for a murderer. The other two officers, Myles Cosgrove and John Mattingly, have been placed on “administrative leave.”

To ensure that the other two officers also get fired, and all three to get arrested and charged for what they have done, MAKE CALLS AND SEND EMAILS. Here are some contact numbers:

NEW: NOW Special Prosecutor State AG Daniel Cameron (Contact again)502-696-5300Contact Formattorney.general@ag.ky.gov
Mayor Greg Fischer(502) 574-2003Greg.Fischer@louisvilleky.gov
Commonwealth’s Atty Thomas WineJCooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com
LMPD Chief Steve Conrad(502) 574-7660
Kentucky Gov. Andy Breshear(502) 564-2611
NEW: Police Public Integrity Unit(502) 574-2136
NEW: Louisville Metro Council(502) 574-3902
NEW: Additional City Gov’t Contactshttps://www.lfpl.org/how-to/pdf/How-to-reach-elected-officials.pdf

Some things that you should cover when you are speaking and/or writing to the officials are:

  1. Demand the Mayor and City Council address the use of force by LMPD.
  2. Fire and revoke the pensions of the officers that murdered Breonna. Arrest, charge, and convict them for this crime.Provide all necessary information to a local, independent civilian community police accountability council #CPAC.
  3. Create policy for transparent investigation process due to law enforcement misconduct. 

Originally published June 5/26

WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?

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DONATE

  1. GEORGE FLOYD MEMORIAL FUND
  2. MINNESOTA FREEDOM FUND
  3. RECLAIM THE BLOCK
  4. BLACK LIVES MATTER
  5. BAIL PROJECT
  6. BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE
  7. CAMPAIGN ZERO
  8. NATIONAL BAIL FUND NETWORK
  9. THE INNOCENT PROJECT
  10. RUN WITH MAUD
  11. JUSTICE FOR BREONNA
  12. ANTI POLICE-TERROR PROJECT
  13. COMMUNITY READY CORPS

If you don’t have money, watch this playlist of videos that I’ve curated that donates money to various organization. Make sure that your adblock is off as these videos use the money that it garners through Adsense and then the creator donates the money to organizations that help.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

READ:

  • BLACK FEMINIST THOUGHT – PATRICIA HILL COLLINS
  • ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY – LAYLA F. SAAD
  • HEAVY: AN AMERICAN MEMOIR – KIESE LAYMON
  • I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS – MAYA ANGELOU
  • WHITE FRAGILITY: WHY IT’S SO HARD FOR WHITE PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT RACISM – ROBIN DIANGLO
  • BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME – TA-NEHISI COATES
  • BELOVED – TONI MORRISON

Also, if you click on this link, there are hundreds of free liberation documents from activists like Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, and Toni Morrison.

PROTEST (peacefully and safely!)

Currently, the police are acting violently and arresting protesters. This includes using tear gas, shooting rubber bullets, driving vehicles through crowds, and macing children. Stay safe and be careful! Some supplies you should bring are: a backpack, water, face masks, hats/sunglasses, snacks, signs, change of clothing, walking shoes, cash (instead of credit cards). DO NOT WEAR CONTACTS! If tear gas gets into your eyes when you have contacts, you could be blinded. WRITE DOWN EMERGENCY NUMBERS ON YOUR ARM. Here is a link to a website that has a lot of information on how to protest safely: https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-protest-safely-gear-tips/

EMAIL/CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND DEMAND A CHANGE IN THE SYSTEM

SIGN PETITIONS

BECOME AN ALLY
HIRE, PROMOTE, AND SUPPORT BLACK PROFESSIONALS
RAISE AWARENESS BY POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
RECOGNIZE YOUR PRIVILEGE

Additional ways you can help can be found at this link

Originally posted June 5