Statement from Beatriz Beckford, national director for youth and education justice at MomsRising, an online and on-the-ground organization of more than one million mothers and their families, on the Jefferson County, Kentucky grand jury decision not to charge any of the police officers with murder in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, and not to charge two of them at all.
“Shock. Outrage. We stand with the family and loved ones of Breonna Taylor, Black Lives Matter Louisville, the tens of thousands of activists in Kentucky, and the national Movement for Black Lives in calling for justice. There is no other way fair-minded people can react to the grand jury decision announced in Louisville today. We support the movement demands that three officers responsible for Breonna Taylor’s murder should have been fired, charged with murder, and had their pensions revoked. The fact that none of that happened is an egregious miscarriage of justice and a painful reminder of how much work lies ahead to root out white supremacy and the devastation and violence it evokes in this country.
“Further, we echo the cries of the organizers on the ground and thousands of justice-minded people who have used their platforms to demand justice and demand that the Louisville police department be defunded. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer must resign immediately or be fired. And the wheels of justice should continue to turn until there has been real accountability for the murder of Breonna Taylor, a young woman who served others as an essential worker and whose whole life was ahead of her, until Louisville police murdered her as she slept in her bed.
“Our hearts are with Breonna Taylor’s mom and all those who love her. We will not stop demanding justice, in this case and others, because until police officers who commit crimes are held accountable, none of us and none of our communities are safe.”
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