Sunday marked six months since 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police in her own home in Louisville, Kentucky.
The emergency medical technician was shot on March 13 by plainclothes Louisville Metropolitan Police serving a no-knock warrant who Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, believed to be burglars. After being hit eight times, Taylor reportedly received no medical intervention by authorities.
As of early Sunday, more than 11.1 million people had signed a Change.org petition demanding that any LMPD officers involved in Taylor’s death be fired and charges be filed against them.
The case has garnered international attention. Oprah Winfrey put Taylor on the cover of her O Magazine and erected 26 billboards in Louisville calling for justice. A painting of Taylor by Amy Sherald was also the September cover of Vanity Fair.
Two of the three involved officers, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, were placed on paid administrative leave in mid-May. The other, detective Brett Hankison, was fired in June.
Still, Republican Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has failed to announce charges.
While rumors spread last week that Cameron had convened a grand jury to hear evidence, the AG released another statement noting that “an investigation, if done properly, cannot follow a specific timeline.”
A report Sunday from WFPL, a Louisville news radio station, interviewed cyclists who organized a ride to Taylor’s apartment from the city’s downtown. One of the riders, Carlos Fish, told the outlet he felt an energy “radiating” from it. The area outside of the young woman’s door is adorned with flowers.
Fish and others believe that Cameron is “just stalling” six months after the shooting.
On Sunday, Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, penned a heartbreaking Instagram post directly to Cameron calling again for justice.
“It’s crunch time and we’re putting our faith and trust in you,” Palmer wrote. “Your mother put everything she had into raising you … If she had the power to make sure this type of injustice would never happen without accountability and consequences, would she make sure of it?”
“Will you make sure of it?” she continued. “Do you have the power and courage to call my child yours, the power to see that my cry and my community’s cry is heard, and the power as part of a village who raises our children to do right by one of our daughters?”
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