Washington, DC – Breonna Taylor’s mother went to the nation’s capital on Monday and met with officials at the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division to ask them to investigate her daughter’s fatal shooting by Louisville police.
Taylor was fatally shot after her boyfriend opened fire on Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) officers who were conducting a raid on her apartment in connection with a drug investigation on March 13, 2020.
“The most important thing is to remember that Breonna didn’t deserve this,” Tamika Palmer, told reporters at a press conference held outside the National Council of Negro Women after she met with Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke on March 14, according to ABC News.
“She was at home, in her own home minding her business when these people kicked in her door and murdered her,” Taylor’s mother continued.
“I’m here at the Department of Justice asking them to do the right thing,” Palmer said. “This is bigger than Breonna. If no one addresses this issue, they’ll keep kicking in our doors and murdering us.”
None of the officers involved in shooting Taylor were criminally charged in connection with her death.
The one now-former officer who was charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly firing wildly into the occupied apartment next door to Taylor’s was acquitted by a jury on March 3, ABC News reported.
“For the nation, it’s been two years and one day. For me, I’m trapped in March the 13th, 2020,” Palmer said. “I don’t know how people think I should just move on; that I should just walk away from this thing. Half my life has been spent being Breonna’s mother.”
“It’s the only thing I’ve learned to do well in my life. It’s the thing that I’ll die for – fighting to make sure she gets justice,” Taylor’s mother added.
Well-known anti-police civil rights attorney Ben Crump recounted details of the DOJ meeting for reporters, CNN reported.
“They said, ‘Be not dismayed,'” Crump recalled. “They’re turning over every stone, looking at any civil rights charges on behalf of Breonna Taylor, because they would do the same for any citizen. Because Breonna Taylor deserves it.”
He said officials had promised a “thorough investigation,” ABC News reported.
“We don’t want to have to come here next year this time and still not have decisions made,” Crump said. “You have to think about it from the perspective of the black community. There are charges brought against us for a lot less, so we hope that they are just as zealous in holding these police officers who killed Breonna Taylor accountable.”
The fatal officer-involved shooting occurred in the 300-block of Springfield Drive at approximately 1 a.m. on March 13, 2020 when officers from LMPD’s Criminal Interdiction Division arrived at the residence to execute a search warrant pertaining to a narcotics investigation, according to WDRB.
The plan was to serve the no-knock search warrant at the same time other members of the Criminal Interdiction Division were serving an arrest warrant for Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, at his home on Elliott Avenue, 10 miles away, the Courier Journal reported.
LMPD suspected Glover had been selling drugs out of his residence on Elliott Avenue but using Taylor’s address to receive mail, store drugs, or stash money he made selling drugs.
The officers said that they knocked on Taylor’s door repeatedly and announced their presence before forcing their way inside where they were “immediately met by gunfire,” WDRB reported.
A sergeant was shot in the upper thigh during the attack, lacerating his femoral artery, WHAS reported.
The officers immediately returned fire as they made their way to safety, according to WDRB.
The gunman, Taylor’s boyfriend, ultimately surrendered to police.
When the LMPD’s SWAT team searched the residence, they located 26-year-old Taylor unresponsive inside, WDRB reported.
Taylor had been fatally shot by police during the exchange of gunfire.