NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Outrage across the country in response to the Kentucky attorney general’s decision to not directly charge three officers with the death of Breonna Taylor. A protest underway Thursday night in New Haven.
These demonstrations are happening across the country. All of the anger and frustration stemming from the Kentucky attorney general’s announcement that none of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death would be charged with her killing.
More than six months after the 26-year-old EMT was shot to death when Louisville Police officers broke down the door to her apartment while executing a warrant, a grand jury decided to indict only one of the three officers involved on wanton endangerment charges. But the charges only apply to the risk the officer put on Taylor’s neighbors by shooting recklessly into other apartments.
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The charge has nothing to do with Taylor’s death.
Protesters are angry. Many telling News 8 the killing of Taylor hits close to home.
“I feel like being Black and being young and being a woman I have to be out here. No one else will be out here, obviously. We’re seeing nobody else fighting for Black women and, obviously, Black women have to be out here fighting for ourselves,” said Jamila Washington of New Haven.
Jaeana Bethea, another protester added, “We’ve gotten to accept this as our new normal and we keep seeing this over and over again with Black people being killed by white police officers and I realize this is not normal. As a Black woman, I realize I could be next.”
“The systems that are within our criminal justice system are not meant to work for us and so we get results like this,” said Julie Hajducky, a protester.
Black Lives Matter New Haven organizers say the outrage and protests cannot stop here.
Ala Ochaumre, the co-founder of BLMNH told News 8, “These uprisings and these community spaces will allow us to really figure out and identify how to create systemic change for Black and brown and poor and queer lives.”
Black, brown, young, and old all standing in solidarity Thursday.
Sasha Rivera, who is 7-years-old, told News 8 she came to the protest “because I don’t think it’s fair that everybody gets shot every five minutes and I also don’t think it’s fair that why is it always Black people?”
A protester who did not want to be identified said, “I just really hope that they would prosecute the murderers of Breonna Taylor and all of the cops who have killed innocent Black people.”