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Activists, Family Still Seeking Justice for Breonna Taylor Two Years Later

On the two-year anniversary of the police raid that killed 26-year-old Black medical technician Breonna Taylor in Louisville, activists demanded justice from lawmakers, the Associated Press reports. Brett Hankison, one of the officers in the raid, was found not guilty of endangering neighbors when he fired his weapon into Taylor's apartment. His trial marked one of the last opportunities for advocates to see accountability for the shooting. “We demand the truth, we demand transparency,” said Bianca Austin, Taylor's aunt. “We are going to continue to demand answers and we’re gonna continue to keep pressure on the Louisville Metro Police Department, who continues to fail us and our community.”

Officers shot Taylor multiple times after her boyfriend opened fire, thinking they were intruders. Police were found to be operating under a flawed warrant and found no drugs in the apartment. Support for Taylor has largely fallen along party lines. Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted in support of the family while Democratic state Rep. Ketuah Herron urged the activists to vote out the judge who signed the warrant, Mary Shaw. Taylor's death played a large part in the 2020 "racial reckoning" along with those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery. A last effort for accountability may come in the ongoing federal investigation of the Taylor's fatal shooting.


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