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Celebrities, hundreds of protesters 'March on Frankfort' demanding justice for Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor's family and New York’s Until Freedom led a large rally in Frankfort demanding charges for the officers and a statewide ban on no-knock warrants.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Hundreds took their demands to the State Capitol Thursday calling for the Kentucky Attorney General to charge four Louisville police officers in the Breonna Taylor shooting.

A large crowd, including Taylor's mother, her boyfriend Kenneth Walker and celebrities aimed their messages at Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

'The March on Frankfort' was organized by Breonna Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, Attorney Benjamin Crump, activist Tamika Mallory and New York’s Until Freedom non-profit. 

Rappers MC Lyte, Common, and actress Jada Pinkett Smith along with her children Willow and Jaden traveled to Frankfort to stand in solidarity with Breonna Taylor’s mother. Grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys hosted a virtual rally in conjunction with the in-person rally.

"They thought we'd be okay with our door being kicked-in, they thought we'd be okay with another hashtag, they thought we'd sit down," State Rep. Charles Booker said as he took the stage Thursday delivering a speech. 

For the first time Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, spoke publicly by thanking his supporters who stood by him.

"I know y'all ain't heard a lot from me if anything, but I just want to let y'all know I appreciate the love and support for me and most definitely for Breonna she definitely would've appreciated it too," Walker said. 

Muhammad Ali's nephew, Sean Ali Waddell, gave a passionate speech he ended with a strong message for the Kentucky Attorney General. 

"Daniel Cameron let me tell you something brother don't you be on the wrong side of history," he said. "Don't you stay on the wrong side of history."

"What we need is justice for our sister Breonna and that's why we are here today and that's why my family is here with me today," Pinkett Smith said. 

Common read a poem he penned for Taylor. 

"The date Breonna took her last breath was the day I took my first breath," he said. "March 13th is my birthday and I will always honor Breonna on that day and to the spirit of Breonna I want to say I'm sorry we had to meet this way."

Taylor's mother left a sign of her daughter's face in front of the steps of the Capitol Building and outside the Governor's Mansion. She hopes the signs remind state representatives that they are here for the long-haul.

"Know that Breonna's life matter and y'all being out here showing support shows that her life mattered," she said at the rally. "We not done until they know that her life mattered."

Taylor's case has sparked local and national outrage and has brought attention to policing policies in the Louisville community.

The city of Louisville passed 'Breonna's Law' that will completely ban the use of no-knock search warrants, and body cameras must be worn by police officers. Taylor's family are seeking charges for the officers and a statewide ban on no-knock search warrants. 

The Frankfort rally comes a week after, Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, was fired on June 19. 

According to his termination letter, Hankison violated procedure when he fired 10 rounds into Breonna Taylor's apartment while executing a search warrant the night of her death. 

Hankinson's attorney filed an appeal Wednesday arguing Hankison did not "blindly" fire his gun and did not lack cognizance of the direction in which he fired, but acted in quick response to gunfire directed at himself and other officers.

The three other officers involved in Taylor's shooting, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly and Joshua Jaynes are on administrative reassignment. 

More Breonna Taylor's case:

Brett Hankison's lawyer calls termination 'cowardly political act' in appeal

Brett Hankison formally terminated from LMPD for violating procedures the night Breonna Taylor was killed

Brett Hankison's attorney says he's prepared to file appeal after officer notified of plans to fire him

Louisville faith leaders call for justice in Breonna Taylor case

'He 'blindly' fired 10 rounds into Breonna Taylor's apartment,' Brett Hankison's termination letter says

Motion filed to permanently dismiss charges against Breonna Taylor's boyfriend

Breonna Taylor's family attorney denies rumor that officers will not be charged

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