Activists from the Louisville chapter of Black Lives Matter gathered on a digital name Wednesday (September 23) to relay their calls for of town following yesterday’s announcement that the law enforcement officials who killed Breonna Taylor wouldn’t be charged together with her dying.
First on the list of demands: to right away hearth and revoke the pensions of the officers that murdered Breonna.
The subsequent order of enterprise is the resignation of Louisville mayor Greg Fischer.
“Greg Fischer should resign in the present day, or we’ll be certain that he will get up out of workplace,” mentioned the BLM chapter’s co-founder Chanelle Helm, who wore a t-shirt that learn “Greg Fischer would not care about Black folks.” Based on Helm, Fisher has performed “a sh**** job at representing what humanity can appear like, a sh**** job at defending Black girls—not simply Black folks, Black girls. And we is not going to proceed to maintain being stepped on on this metropolis.”
Final week, the Louisville Metro Council handed a vote of no confidence in Fischer however supplied him with an inventory of the way through which he may enhance the council members’ help for his actions as mayor, in accordance with the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Helm and her colleagues, nonetheless, weren’t glad. “We’re not right here asking for Greg Fischer to do what town council says and, you realize, possibly you are able to do higher. I do not belief white males to do nice in any respect,” Helm mentioned. “What we do want is for him to step out of workplace and resign.”
The opposite calls for that BLM is making on town embody: divest from the Louisville Metro Police Division and spend money on neighborhood constructing, ending the usage of drive by LMPD and police to make sure division investigations are clear.
After midnight on March 13, three officers — Brett Hankison, Miles Cosgrove and John Mattingly executed a botched “no-knock” warrant at Taylor’s residence (though the Kentucky Lawyer Basic claimed the warrant was not a no-knock warrant and the police did announce their presence previous to barging into the residence) which she shared together with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. Believing they had been intruders, Walker fired his weapon and gunfire from the officers ensued. The 26-year previous EMT was struck six times and died.
The police raid discovered no medication at Taylor’s residence and he or she was not the goal of the investigation. Moderately, it was her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover who police had been after. Glover had been arrested earlier that very same evening.
On Wednesday, Kentucky lawyer basic Daniel Cameron introduced that not one of the officers would face expenses for killing Taylor. Solely Brett Hankison was charged with “wanton endangerment” for firing his gun into the wall of Taylor’s neighbor’s residence. Hankison was fired from the division in July. The others stay on responsibility.
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