San Antonio Protestors Demand Justice For Breonna Taylor After Louisville Grand Jury Decision
Dozens of people gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse on Friday afternoon to condemn a Kentucky grand jury's decision over the death of Breonna Taylor.
The jury ruled on Wednesday against homicide charges for three police officers involved in the death of the 26-year-old emergency room technician in Louisville, Kentucky, in March. One police officer, Brett Hankison, was fired from the force and charged with wanton endangerment for firing into apartments next to Taylor's.
Participants in San Antonio chanted, "Say her name! Breonna Taylor!" as they marched from the courthouse to Public Safety Headquarters, the home of the San Antonio Police Department. They waved flags, held signs and signed petitions. As the sun set over a quiet downtown, the marchers demonstrated for about 20 minutes and then returned to the courthouse.
NPR reported that Tamika Palmer, Taylor's mother, said Friday that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron was not capable of achieving justice for her daughter. She claimed that Cameron was "too inexperienced and had failed her daughter by shifting responsibility to a grand jury."
"When I speak on it, I'm considered an angry Black woman," Palmer said in a statement read by her sister, Bianca Austin. "But know this: I am an angry Black woman. I am not angry for the reasons that you would like me to be — but angry because our Black women keep dying at the hands of police officers. And Black men."
Taylor's death ignited four months of protests in Louisville.