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"We will never stop saying her name."

By Alicia Brunker
Mar 13, 2021 @ 1:58 pm
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It's been one year since Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, was killed by police during a raid inside her home, and justice still hasn't been served for her murder. While there have been several victories in her case — including the passing of Breonna's Law (which bans no-knock warrants in Louisville), a $12 million lawsuit settlement with Taylor's family, and an agreement for the city to institute police reforms — people want all the officers involved in the crime be criminally charged.

On Saturday (March 13), the first anniversary of Taylor's death, celebrities, politicians, and social justice advocates and organizations remembered the 26-year-old EMT while advocating for change on her behalf.

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"Today, Breonna Taylor should be enjoying her Saturday with family and friends. Instead, it's the anniversary of her murder and her killers - Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly - walk free," tweeted actress Ava DuVernay, before calling on her followers to take action. "The system was built to allow this. Don't ignore that. Get involved."

Halle Berry added, "Breonna Taylor deserved so much more." Ellen DeGeneres, Lupita Nyong'o, and others also spoke out against the injustice.

Meanwhile, politicians and advocates for racial equality wrote powerful messages honoring Taylor's memory.

This week, Breonna's mother, Tamika Taylor, and sister Ju'Niyah, revealed what justice would look like for them during an interview with The Cut. In addition to charging the officers involved in the murder, Breonna's mom said she "would like to see accountability, period" for all wrongful police deaths in our country.

"It's not just in Breonna's case. I've talked to Trayvon Martin's mom, to Tamir Rice's mom, to Korryn Gaines's mom, Jacob Blake's dad, George Floyd's brothers, and Eric Garner's family," said Tamika. "Police officers feel as if they can keep behaving in the way that they have been."

Ju'Niyah, on the other hand, wants people to live life to the fullest for her sister's sake. "She literally loved everything about life. She was getting ready to go to school. She wanted to get her a new car, she would have been working to get her house, and she probably would have had her a kid because she really wanted to have a kid in 2020. And then they took it all away from her," she said, adding: "So at the end of the day, I want people to live life just as much as she did, regardless of what you have going on, love that you're still here, alive."