On March 13, Breonna Taylor was murdered by police in her own home. This past Sunday marked 100 days since her death, and while her name may have stopped “trending” on social media, the battle for holding her killers accountable continues.
Over the last three months, none of the Louisville Police officers involved in the shooting have been arrested. Det. Brett Hankison was fired yesterday, June 23. The other two officers — Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — are on administrative leave, CNN reports.
Lonita Baker, an attorney for Taylor’s family, expressed that they were encouraged by the news of Hankison’s termination, but that they’re “waiting for the other officers to be held accountable and for additional charges to be filed but this is a step in the right direction.”
The Breonna Taylor law, which bans no-knock warrants, was passed in Louisville earlier this month and marks another step in the right direction (it was passed in response to the officers using a battering ram to enter Taylor’s apartment while she and her boyfriend slept), however, there’s still a long way to go.
The campaign to bring justice to Taylor and her family is part of the ongoing #SayHerName movement. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women experience the highest level of homicides of any racial group, but their deaths are frequently left unsolved.
Although her name has stopped trending and the news cycle has moved on, it is crucial that her murder not be forgotten. Here are some of the most effective ways to demand justice for Taylor’s death, while supporting both her family and the Louisville protesters.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer: Demands for justice can be made by calling Fischer’s office at (502) 574-2003 or by filling out the contact form on his site.
Color of Change – #JusticeforBre: Color of Change is calling for all of the officers responsible to be fired immediately.
Fight for Breonna: This petition outlines a list of demands that will bring support to Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer. Some of the demands have already been met, including the dismissal of Walker’s charges and a ban on no-knock warrants in Louisville.
Change.org – Justice for Breonna: Law student Lorelai HoJay launched this petition to demand charges be filed against the officers involved, as well as damages paid to Taylor’s family by the LMPD. It has nearly met its goal of nine million signatures.
Breonna Taylor’s Family: An official GoFundMe page has raised over $6 million for Taylor’s family through their loss, surpassing its original $500,000 goal.
Louisville Bail Funds: Protesters have rallied in support of Taylor and the calls for justice daily throughout June. Donating to the bail fund provides support for those who have been arrested in the process.