Protests have erupted across the US following the news that the two officers who killed Breonna Taylor were not charged however one officer who fired shots during the incident was indicted for wanton endangerment.
Taylor’s case has been central in the recent uprisings led by the movement for Black lives, as it serves as an example of the extreme violence of police and the perceived disposability of the lives of Black women. Breonna Taylor, a Black healthcare worker, was killed in her home whilst she slept by police officers in March. Taylor’s family had advocated for criminal charges against the officers.
Protests have been centralized in Louisville where Breonna Taylor lived and was killed. Protests have been seen nationwide though, with thousands marching for justice in New York, Portland, St. Paul, Denver, Chicago, and Seattle. In Seattle, 13 protesters were arrested.
“At this point it’s bigger than Breonna, it’s bigger than just Black Lives,” Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, said. “We’ve got to figure out how to fix the city, how to heal from here.”