Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, was one of many people who turned to social media in an outpouring of love and sadness on what would have been Breonna Taylor’s 28th birthday.
Taylor, a Black medical worker, was shot and killed by Louisville Kentucky police officers in March 2020 during a botched raid on her apartment.
Her death fueled the mass nationwide uprisings that began in the wake of the death of George Floyd during the summer of 2020.
The New York Times: “A grand jury in September indicted a former Louisville detective involved in the raid, Brett Hankison, for wanton endangerment of neighbors whose apartment was hit when he fired without a clear line of sight into the sliding glass patio door and window of Ms. Taylor’s apartment. He pleaded not guilty. No charges were announced against the other two officers who fired shots, and no one was charged for causing Ms. Taylor’s death.”
Detective Myles Cosgrove, one of the officers who shot Ms. Taylor, and Detective Joshua Jaynes, who prepared the search warrant for the raid, received letters of termination in late December, according to lawyers representing the officers. Detectives Cosgrove and Jaynes were officially fired on Jan. 5, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal. The Justice Department announced on Monday that it would investigate the Louisville police and the local county government.
A New York Times examination of video footage from the scene, witness accounts, statements by the police officers and forensics reports showed that the raid was compromised by poor planning and reckless execution. It found that the only support for a grand jury’s conclusion that the officers had announced themselves before bursting into Ms. Taylor’s apartment — beyond the assertions of the officers themselves — was the account of a single witness who had given inconsistent statements.
Thinking of you today, Breonna. 🖤
Artwork by Amy Sherald pic.twitter.com/9KToPPG1jB
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 5, 2021
Breonna Taylor should be celebrating her 28th birthday today, yet not one officer was held accountable for murdering her.
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.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) June 5, 2021
— The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center (@TheKingCenter) June 5, 2021
🖤 Breonna Taylor pic.twitter.com/FuVWnvLeBe
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) June 5, 2021
June 5, 1993 — Today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 28th birthday pic.twitter.com/gbAYJgpwmn
— MoorInfo (@MoorInformation) June 5, 2021
Remembering Breonna Taylor today on her 28th birthday. Her beautiful soul should be here to celebrate. We send our love and prayers to her friends and family. We will never forget.
Happy Birthday Bre 🕊️🤍 pic.twitter.com/ml3TNoDxZJ
— Complex (@Complex) June 5, 2021
Breonna Taylor should be celebrating her 28th Birthday today. Happy Birthday, baby girl 🕊❤️ pic.twitter.com/bZm8VHu98M
— Blk Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) June 5, 2021
Breonna Taylor would have celebrated her 28th Birthday today.
— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) June 5, 2021
Today would have been Breonna Taylor’s 28th birthday! Bre’s bright life was cut short due to @LMPD‘s unjust actions. Bre will never be able to celebrate with her family again — and she deserves JUSTICE! #RestInPower, Bre. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/GiLbTIMH6I
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) June 5, 2021
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 5, 2021
— NAACP (@NAACP) June 5, 2021
Today should have been Breonna Taylor’s 28th birthday.
She should have lived to see it.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 5, 2021