Today (March 13th) marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic murder of Breonna Taylor as she slept in her apartment, at the hands of white plainclothes officers in Louisville, Texas.
Brett Hankinson, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) executed a no-knock warrant at Taylor’s apartment as part of an investigation into alleged drug-dealing.
Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were asleep when the officers barged in unannounced, startling Walker, who is a licensed gun-owner.
Walker, thinking intruders were breaking in, fired one shot and struck Mattingly in the leg. The officers then unleashed a hail of bullets which stuck Breonna Taylor and killed her as she slept.
Protests erupted around the country after the three officers escaped with minor charges.
Earlier today, Megan Thee Stallion revealed she was donating $100,000 to the foundation created by Breonna Taylor’ mom, Tamika Palmer.
“A year ago today Breonna Taylor was tragically taken from her family and friends. Breonna’s name continue’s to be a catalyst for change and a powerful reminder that justice has still not been served,” Megan Thee Stallion said. “Fashion Nova and I are proud to give $100,000 to the @breonnataylorfoundation created by @tamikalpalmer to honor the memory of her daughter. The core mission of the foundation is to support economic, social, and racial justice through police reform and government accountability. The foundation also seeks to help young people to realize their full potential, empowering them to participate in political processes and achieve better health, with mentorship programs for high-school girls, after-school initiatives, and educational support.”
In related news, Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department, as well as the cops who killed her.
Walker claims he was traumatized by Breonna Taylor’s death, his subsequent arrest and the international coverage that ensued after the slaying.
Walker is suing for mental anguish, emotional distress, trauma, humiliation, embarrassment, and reputational harm.