Michelle Obama remembers Breonna Taylor on her 28th birthday: ‘Thinking of you right this moment’

Breonna Taylor, the Black EMT shot and killed by Kentucky police, would have turned 28 on June 5, 2021. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Breonna Taylor, the Black EMT shot and killed by Kentucky police, would have turned 28 on June 5, 2021. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket by way of Getty Images)

Michelle Obama paid her respects to Breonna Taylor, the Black EMT who was killed by police in her Kentucky home, on her 28th birthday. 

“Thinking of you today, Breonna,” tweeted the previous first woman on Saturday, sharing an illustration of the important employee by painter Amy Sherald. 

On March 13, 2020, Taylor died after two Louisville undercover cops burst into her home, the place she lay sleeping along with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, and opened fireplace, placing Taylor 5 occasions. Officers Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Jonathan Mattingly of the Louisville Metro Police Department had arrived with a “no-knock” warrant to look Taylor’s home, the tackle of which her ex-boyfriend had used to mail medicine, reported ABC News

When the officers compelled open Taylor’s door, Walker, a registered gun proprietor with no legal file, yelled out to who he believed have been intruders however stated he heard no response (Mattingly claimed the officers repeatedly yelled, “Police, search warrant!”). So Walker fired his gun and the officers fired again with greater than 25 bullets, a few of which entered neighboring houses. Walker known as 911 for assist; nevertheless, he was arrested for tried homicide of a police officer.

The killing, which occurred solely months earlier than the homicide of George Floyd by police, sparked a nationwide outcry, and Taylor’s picture grew to become one other image for the numerous Black residents who’ve been disproportionately shot and killed by regulation enforcement. According to the Washington Post, which has tracked all deadly shootings by on-duty cops within the United States since 2015, “Although half of the people shot and killed by police are White, Black Americans are shot at a disproportionate rate. They account for less than 13 percent of the U.S. population, but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of White Americans.”

In September, Taylor’s household acquired a $12 million settlement from town of Louisville and the fees towards Walker have been dropped. However, solely Hankison confronted authorized penalties — he was fired and charged with wanton endangerment for the bullets that entered neighboring houses. Hankison pleaded not responsible, and his trial will happen subsequent yr. Mattingly continues to be employed on the police drive, and Cosgrove was fired. 

On Saturday, different public figures acknowledged Taylor, whom her household described to People as “the rock to hold everyone together.” 

“Happy heavenly birthday Breonna!” tweeted Viola Davis. “We will never forget. We will always keep fighting.”

“We want to be celebrating people’s birthday and graduations while they are alive and thriving not because they were killed by gun violence,” tweeted Rosanna Arquette. “Today is Breonna Taylor’s birthday who was killed in her own home by police officers. Rest in power Breonna.”

“Breonna Taylor should be celebrating her 28th birthday today, yet not one officer was held accountable for murdering her,” tweeted Rep. Cori Bush. “That lack of accountability doesn’t change the fact that her life mattered. Her joy mattered. Her dreams mattered. And she should be here celebrating today.”

While Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., shared a photograph montage of Taylor that included her tweet from her birthday in 2018. “Bre Day Was A Success! I’m Twenty-Fine Now Y’all,” she wrote. 

Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer, shared her personal ideas on her daughter’s milestone day. “Everybody saying Happy 20Gr8 & that’s cool but ain’t nothing happy about you not being where you supposed to be at 20Gr8,” she wrote on Instagram. “I was robbed, your sister was robbed, your friends was robbed, your family was robbed. But with all that being said the world is showing out for you Breonna I know I wouldn’t want it any other way and you don’t deserve anything less, but what I will say is I’m sorry.” 

Palmer continued, “I’m sorry the world you loved and the city you adored traded your life as if you didn’t matter, but as I said before I’m grateful I raised a Queen to show the world and the city different I couldn’t of asked for anything different but you left a legacy with me, your sister, friends & family and we are eternally grateful to you. Happy Birthday Baby WE LOVE YOU!!!”

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