x
Breaking News
More () »

Louisville's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Louisville, Kentucky | WHAS11.com

'She still has not gotten justice' | Organizers plan protests to mark one year since police shooting of Breonna Taylor

'We still need to lift up the name of Breonna Taylor because she still has not gotten the justice that she deserves.'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Crowds and peaceful protests are expected in Jefferson Square Park this weekend to mark the one year since the deadly police raid into Breonna Taylor's apartment.

"[We're] raising awareness," said community activist Shameka Parrish-Wright, operations manager of The Louisville Bail Project. "[Taylor's family] wants it to be done in remembrance and they don't want a celebration because we have not gotten justice."

Parrish-Wright said she will follow the lead of Taylor's family this weekend. She said they're hoping there won't be any arrests but The Bail Project is prepared to provide jail support.

"There's no planned arrests, there's no action that anyone should be arrested at but we know that when we typically gather in these numbers that LMPD tends to be more aggressive," Parrish-Wright said. "I want to see what they do, we're one year later and I want to see how LMPD is going to represent this community policing that everyone loves to talk about."

Until Freedom, a national social justice group based in New York, will be back in town to lead a rally with Taylor's family. They have planned a news conference outside Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine's office Thursday to reveal their planned events.

In the summer of 2020, the group members led several demonstrations, including one outside of Attorney General Daniel Cameron's home.

Another national group, SisterSong, is also in town and will travel through the city with a mobile billboard of Breonna Taylor. The group, along with the Louisville Black Lives Matter chapter, unveiled the billboard outside of Louisville Metro Police Department headquarters Wednesday. 

"We still need to lift up the name of Breonna Taylor she still has not gotten the justice that she deserves," said SisterSong's executive director Monica Simpson. "There are still unanswered questions, there is still healing that this family needs, and there is still justice that this family needs."

The digital billboard amplifies an old tweet from Breonna Taylor where she shares her dream of having a daughter one day.

"This is a reproductive injustice," Louisville's BLM chapter President Chanelle Helm said. "This woman looked forward to creating a family and we can't even provide justice for her? So this [billboard] is paying homage to her."

Mayor Greg Fischer shared safety plans, road closures, and changes the city will make for the future of Jefferson Square Park. In a statement released Wednesday, Fischer said after this weekend the city will do daily cleaning at the square and will require permits events. The mayor will work with families to remove and store memorial items in the park next week.

RELATED: Remembering Breonna Taylor: Street closures, other preps announced ahead of planned demonstrations in Louisville

RELATED: Kentucky lawmakers hear considerations, possible changes to bill limiting no-knock warrants

►Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. Download the WHAS11 News app now. For Apple or Android users.  

Have a news tip? Email assign@whas11.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter feed.