Remembering Breonna Taylor on What Would Have Been Her 28th Birthday

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.

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.