Demonstrators rally across Portland on anniversary of Breonna Taylor shooting


Hundreds of people have gathered in the U.S. city of Louisville for a rally to mark a year since the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black medic shot dead when police raided her home.

The deaths of Taylor and George Floyd, a Black man who died under the knee of a policeman in Minneapolis, became a focus of a wave of protests previous year against police abuses and racism in the United States. She was not the target of the raid.

Nevertheless, members of the Louisville Metro Police Department fatally shot her, which led to riots and protests across the country.

Elizabeth Dray, organizer for Arlington Fights Racism, holds up signs while gathering for a vigil demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police one year ago on March 13, 2020.

Officers shot Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medic, when they entered her home with a no-knock warrant, meaning they didn't announce themselves.

To settle a civil suit, Louisville authorities agreed to pay the Taylor family $12 million and initiate police reforms. The settlement included a series of police reforms. Meanwhile, some protesters in Taylor's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky said the protests are far from over.

"Even though the Covid pandemic presented several unexpected obstacles, FBI Louisville has made significant progress in the investigation", the field office in that city said in a statement.

A grand jury indicted one officer on wanton endangerment charges in September for shooting into a neighbour's apartment, but no officers were charged in connection with Taylor's death.

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"That's a good start", Walker said. "We've got to keep going". BREEWAYY is what protesters have coined the park since demonstrations began last May.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, a Democrat, tweeted a statement in support of Taylor's family, including her mother, Tamika Palmer.

An afternoon auto caravan snaked through the city, led by shouts of "Justice for Breonna Taylor", a popular rallying cry during last summer's protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

On the anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death, her hometown of Louisville is determined that the United States doesn't forget her. Flowers, candles and murals of Taylor are centre stage in Jefferson Square Park - dubbed Injustice Square or "Breewayy" by many locals.

"There's no police accountability, so it'll be another time next year that we'll be back in the same position", she said in the interview.

While the worldwide attention to Taylor's death has largely diminished, some of the sentiments shared by speakers on Saturday in Chapel Hill included the need to continue recognizing her story and the others of Black women treated unjustly by police.

That bill comes after protests in Louisville and across the country past year erupted in the wake of the deaths of Taylor, Floyd and other Black Americans killed by police.

"This is about our power to change this world for our children, for my daughter", said Sadiqa Reynolds, president of the Louisville Urban League.