Black Lives Matter: Protests continue in wake of Taylor verdict

For the past few months, people all over the country have been protesting and calling for justice since the death of 26-yearold Breonna Taylor and 46-yearold George Floyd.

The most recent protests are in light of the verdict in Breonna Taylor’s wrongful death suit. One officer was indicted on three charges of wanton endangerment. The charge was in relation to the bullets fired into a neighboring apartment. The other two officers who fired shots were not charged.

The city of Louisville agreed to pay $12 million to Taylor’s family. Protests have erupted in downtown Louisville and around the country in response to the verdict.

When talking to Otis Seaberry, a member of JJC’s Black Student Leader Association (BSLA), about the recent Black Lives Matter protests he said, “BLM is more than a trend, it’s a global movement that is still booming today.”

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Martin’s killer was found not guilty.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police officers back in March. Three officers conducted a botched narcotics raid on Taylor’s apartment. Officers used a “no knock” warrant, which Kentucky has since banned.

The city of Louisville agreed to settle in the wrongful death suit filed by Taylor’s family. No officers were charged with her death. Instead, the jury ruled that the officers were justified in their actions.

“The protests and the BLM movement is a long-term investment and isn’t the ‘fake woke’ fad some are making it out to be. People in diverse communities are just asking to not feel terrorized by law enforcement, and honestly I don’t think that’s really asking for much.” Cesar Castillo, a member of student government said.

Minorities are frequently targeted by police. African Americans are three times more likely to be killed by law enforcement, according to a study done by Harvard researchers.

George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis back in May. Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, pinning him to the ground. Floyd repeatedly cried “I can’t breathe.” His death sparked outrage and protests all over the nation.

Protests in Minneapolis led to looting and property damage. Police utilized tear gas against protestors. In wake of Floyd’s death, Minneapolis voted to defund the police.

Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder. The other officers involved were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Portland saw 100 days of people protesting in the wake of Floyd’s death. The protests were declared a riot nearly 30 times by police.

David Lozano, a member of Latinos Unidos at JJC said, “I’m glad people are speaking up against the injustices that have been going on in this country for too long. It’s time for change.”

Lozano has attended two BLM protests. He said, “They were both peaceful and the people were very passionate about the cause.”

Now, Portland is once again taking to the streets in wake of the Breonna Taylor decision. A riot was declared as Molotov cocktails and glass bottles were thrown at officers by protestors.

As protests continue across the country, the verdict in Breonna Taylor’s case will not be forgotten.