Celebrities Post Video Asking “What Happened to Breonna Taylor?”
By Laverne McGee, BNC Journalist
Celebrities are hoping they can draw attention to the case of Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old Louisville Kentucky woman died in her apartment on March 13, when Louisville Metro Police fatally shot her after entering unannounced with a “no-knock” warrant.
Despite the calls for the police department to hold the officers accountable, there have been no charges filed. Alicia Keys, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jada Pinkett Smith are among the stars who have created a video that is being shared on social media.
Below, is a tweet taken from the official Alicia Keys page.
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) June 10, 2020
They ask the question “Do you know what happened to #Breonna Taylor?” It’s more than just a video post telling people what happened, it’s a call to action.
They have posted the phone numbers and emails of the Louisville Mayor, Attorney General, and the interim police chief, asking followers to demand an investigation to ensure the officers are fired and charged with murder.
Breonna Taylor’s case has become part of the worldwide movement denouncing police violence and systemic racism, but most people don’t recognize her name as easily as George Floyd’s, the man who died in police custody with his last moments of life captured on video with a police officer kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 45 seconds.
Taylor’s case is more complicated. Police were reportedly investigating two men accused of selling drugs at a home more than 10 miles from Taylor’s apartment.
They apparently had a search warrant to search her apartment because they suspected a man there was using that location to receive illegal packages.
Taylor and her boyfriend were asleep in bed when officers entered unannounced. She was shot eight times. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit and the three officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave.