Alicia Keys is the latest celebrity to add her voice behind the call for justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT was killed after police officers entered her home in an attempted drug raid.
As part of a campaign launched by social justice organization Until Freedom, Keys published a nearly three minute-long video to Twitter on Wednesday (June 10). In the clip’s opening, she posed a question before her 30 million social followers: “Do you know what happened to Breonna Taylor?”
The video fades to black before it cuts to Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, who recounts the story of how her daughter’s life was taken. As previously reported, three plainclothes police officers broke down her front door with a battering in the middle of the night. The officers in question had secured a “no knock warrant” to search her home for narcotic substances as part of an investigation.
Believing they were intruders, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot at the police with his registered handgun. The police then opened fire on them, fatally striking Taylor eight times. The suspect they were seeking was already in custody. Walker was arrested, but later released.
“Bre was murdered by the Louisville Metro Police Department. And after they killed her, they asked me if she had any enemies. No, absolutely not,” Palmer attested.
“The stories started coming out differently and people started learning the truth of what was happening and the things that went wrong that night. Now, the whole city is made. Now, the whole world is mad. Breonna should not be dead. Some days I feel like I can’t breath without her. This should never happen to another family. I am Breonna Taylor’s mother. Say her name.”
Until Freedom co-founder Tamika Mallory then outlined four steps that people can take now to advocate for justice for Taylor’s family. First, demand that Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher fires the three officers involved in her death. Second, call the state of Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron to demand charges be brought against the three officers. Third, pressure Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder to open an investigation into Taylor’s case. Lastly, Mallory implored Louisville residents to contact their council members and call for them to ban no knock warrants.
The video closed out with a montage of celebrities, including Kerry Washington, Janelle Monáe, Tinashe, and Snoh Aalegra. Many people have been pressing for action to be taken against the Louisville police officers involved in her death. An FBI investigation has been launched into Taylor’s case but still, no actions have been taken against the officers.
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