|ACTION ALERT: Continue the fight for Breonna Taylor|
The Attorney General of Kentucky MUST Release the Grand Jury Transcripts (SIGN THE PETITION) >>
The news out of Louisville is a devastating setback to everyone who has demanded accountability for the police shooting and death of Breonna Taylor.
A grand jury indicted one of the three police officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) involved in the death of Breonna Taylor more than six months ago. And none of the officers were charged for killing Ms. Taylor.
He was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for reportedly shooting into the apartment next door to Ms. Taylor’s.
The outcome of the Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings has shocked much of the public. It has sent the message that no officers will be held accountable by the state of Kentucky for the loss of an innocent young woman’s life, a life that held so much promise, at the hands of law enforcement officers.
Yesterday’s announcement reaffirms that we need a drastic transformation in the regime of impunity that protects police officers — the regime that brought those officers to her door — and justifies their killing of innocent Black people. We need to fundamentally transform how we define and support public safety infrastructures in our country.
And Meredith, there is still more we need to know. We’re backing Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s call for Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release the full grand jury transcripts so that the public can understand how this case was presented. Will you add your signature to this urgent petition? SIGN TODAY. >>
LDF will await the outcome of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s separate investigation and the LMPD’s internal investigation of the officers involved in Ms. Taylor’s killing. And we continue to join with over 200 national and local organizations in demanding that the U.S. Department of Justice conduct a civil rights investigation of the LMPD to determine if it has engaged in a pattern or practice of unlawful policing.
Finally, LDF filed suit in July against the City of Louisville, challenging LMPD’s unconstitutional conduct and brutality against protesters who demanded justice for Ms. Taylor during May and June of this year. Protesters were met with live ammunition, projectiles, and excessive force.
In this painful moment for the Louisville community, we call on the LMPD to exercise restraint as they engage with protesters exercising their First Amendment rights. We will continue to protect the rights of protesters in Louisville and urge local officials to do the same.
But in the meantime, Attorney General Daniel Cameron has a responsibility to the public — we deserve a full and transparent understanding of the grand jury proceedings. And we will not rest until we have one — will you add your voice to our call?
Meredith, we need all of our supporters on this. Add your name to our petition to Attorney General Daniel Cameron and call for him to release the grand jury transcripts. The public deserves nothing less. SIGN TODAY. >>With you in solidarity,Sherrilyn A. Ifill
President and Director-Counsel