BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A peaceful rally is planned in Roxbury on Friday afternoon to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was killed by police inside her Kentucky home in early March.
Protests calling for Taylor's case to be reopened started last week, amid worldwide demonstrations over the in-custody killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Taylor was fatally shot eight times by Louisville police who were executing a no-knock search warrant at her home on March 13. The police affidavit says authorities suspected a man involved in a drug ring was receiving packages at Taylor's home.
However, last month, Taylor's family's attorney, Ben Crump, said "the Louisville postal inspector Tony Gooden had asserted that the LMPD did not use his office to verify that a drug suspect delivered packages to Taylor’s address, which directly contradicts what the police stated in the affidavit to secure a no-knock warrant for the home."
"Gooden further stated that ‘no packages of interest were going there,'" said Crump. "We will continue to demand transparency from the Louisville police on behalf of Breonna’s family.”
The three officers involved in her killing are still on administrative leave, but no charges have been filed.
According to Teen Empowerment Boston, attendees are being asked to join together for a vigil and rally in honor of what would have been Taylor’s 27th birthday on Friday June 5th at Dudley Square Plaza from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
"This event is youth led, featuring activists, speakers and performers who are prepared to share why it’s important to remember Breonna and what her family needs for justice," said organizers in a statement. "Following the speakers, there will be a moment of silence and chanting."
TEB said Taylor dedicated her life to saving others as an EMT. "Her wrongful execution, along with the thousands of others, ushers the call for a national approach to provide justice for black lives. We hope to refocus the attention so that the dialogue includes a complete and accurate narrative of what black people face in this country."
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