One year ago, Breonna Taylor settled down for the evening with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. She expected a quiet night with just the two of them watching movies, laughing, comfortable together while negotiating the beginning of a pandemic that was still a mystery to so many people. Going to bed that evening, how could she ever imagine that the safety and sanctity of her home would be compromised and that her death would spark a national movement aimed squarely at police misconduct and the desperate need for reform.
Today, we remember the passing of the 26-year-old promising EMT worker whose light was prematurely extinguished when she was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers. We remember how she was killed after officers entered her home executing a search warrant for drugs that were never found. We remember how Walker tried to defend their home, firing a warning shot at who he believed to be an intruder after saying officers never identified themselves. We remember how former Officers Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove were never convicted or held responsible for her death.
We remember the weeks of protests and the miles pounded in marches in Louisville and other cities demanding justice for Breonna. We remember state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who came under fire for the way he handled the case against the officers including the grand jury’s decision to indicate only one of the three and not based on the charges surrounding her death. Most importantly, we remember Taylor’s family, acknowledging the grief and loss endured by her sister Ju’Niyah Palmer and her mother, Tamika Palmer who once described Taylor as “simply amazing.”
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Now, on the one-year anniversary of Taylor’s death, BET.com spoke to several notable activists and philanthropists who also remember Breonna Taylor by discussing her impact, her legacy, and how the world can continue to celebrate the life of the young woman who sparked a global movement for change.