By: Norman Dotson Jr./ BNC Digital Media Producer
Louisville, Ky. (BNC)– Seven people were shot, with two critically injured, in Louisville during protests over the shooting death of EMT Breonna Taylor has raised a call for peace from her mother.
Tamika Palmer, Breonna’s mother, joined the outcry for peace in a statement released earlier today.
“Please keep saying her name,” her statement said. “Please keep demanding justice and accountability, but let’s do it the right way without hurting each other. We can and we will make some real change here. Now is the time. Let’s make it happen, but safely.”
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear read Palmer’s statement and spoke with CNN saying the protest started peacefully but some people later “turned it into something that it should not have been.”
(1of2) My heart aches for Louisville & our country. Breonna Taylor’s family & the public deserve the truth. We should honor Breonna’s legacy as an EMT & the pursuit of the truth should not be marred by violence. Here is a statement her mother, Tamika, provided to me this morning. pic.twitter.com/N7792iGrlZ
— Governor Andy Beshear (@GovAndyBeshear) May 29, 2020
Of the reported injured none of them were officers according to a statement from the Louisville Metro Police Department. The release from the department also concluded that it is too soon to determine who was responsible and insists that the protest was peacefully in the beginning.
Breonna Taylor, an award winning EMT, was gunned down in her apartment by three officers who were acting on a “no knock” warrant for a suspect in a drug investigation whom they assumed lived in the apartment. During the barrage of gun fire from officers Taylor was shot eight times and died from her injuries while one officer was shot in the leg when Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot back.
Walker assumed that officers were intruders as they did not announce themselves before entering, he was arrested for charges of attempted murder of a police officer which were later dropped.
Outrage and demands for justice in this tragic killing comes on the heels of several protest for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia by vigilantes and now the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.