FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Hundreds of people gathered at the Kentucky capital on Thursday to push for action in the investigation of three officers in the deadly police shooting of a black woman, Breonna Taylor, at her home in Louisville.
Taylor’s family, hip hop artists, and civil rights attorneys spoke to a large crowd on the steps of the capital on the occasion of 100 days since Taylor was murdered.
The 26-year-old woman was shot and killed eight times by officers who raided her home in Louisville on March 13, using a search warrant during a narcotics investigation. The order to search her home was related to a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found inside.
On Thursday afternoon, Taylor’s mother thanked the crowd for supporting her daughter.
“Without you all, I swear I don’t know where I would be now, probably crying home alone,” Palmer said. “Know that she was full of love, full of life. Know that if she was one of you, she would be there (protesting). ‘
The Louisville Police Department fired one of three officers who served the warrant at Taylor’s home. But protesters at demonstrations across the country have called for the three to be charged criminally.
Taylor was murdered “in the sanctity of her own home,” said civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Taylor’s family. “If you can’t be safe in your own home, where can you be safe?”
The meeting was organized in the state capital to draw attention to Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s first black attorney general, whose office is reviewing the police officers’ investigation of the three officers. Many of the speakers urged Cameron to sue officers Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Jonathan Mattingly.
Hankison was fired on Tuesday.
Last week, Beyoncé wrote an open letter to Cameron urging him to move quickly. Cameron has called for patience while a large-scale probe is being performed. The FBI is also investigating the shooting.
Other speakers on Thursday included rapper / actor Common and Jada Pinkett Smith, who told Palmer that she “wanted to keep shining a light on Breonna’s name.”
“We wanted to come here, show our love and strengthen your voice and strengthen your daughter’s voice,” said Pinkett Smith.
Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s friend, also appeared on the rally. Walker was originally charged with attempted murder after firing a shot at one of the officers who entered the house. Walker has said he thought he was defending from an intruder.
The search warrant that allows police to enter without first announcing their presence was recently banned by the Louisville Metro Council.
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