FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 24, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to yesterday’s announcement that no charges will be brought against Louisville police for the death of Breonna Taylor, Justin Myers, CEO of For Our Future and For Our Future Action Fund released the following statement:
“Whatever our race, background, or zip code, we all want to move through our communities without fearing for our lives or our loved ones. But time and again, we have witnessed horrors committed against Black people by police in broad daylight or the shadows, in their living rooms, schools, cars, and workplaces.
“Wednesday afternoon, the Kentucky Attorney General’s office indicted only one of the three officers who murdered Breonna Taylor – for reckless endangerment of her neighbors. That officer already posted bail and returned to the safety of his home and his family. Once again, we see the people entrusted to serve and protect our communities target, detain, and even kill Black people with little to no repercussion.
“Breonna Taylor and her family deserve justice, real justice. It was not served.
“Institutions that protect only a few Americans and either disregard or harm the rest of us can no longer stand. There can be no public safety until innocent, unarmed African Americans can safely walk in their communities and rest in their own homes without fearing dehumanizing acts of violence.
“We must use our collective voices to stop the dehumanization of Black Americans and to demand serious reforms of our police departments, our criminal justice system, and government institutions.
“The fight for justice for Breonna is not over. Our power lies in our ability to organize. Our power is in the streets. Our power is in our vote. We will say her name as we request our ballots, send them in, or head to the polls. This fall, we will demand that justice be for all and that our elected officials and public servants respect our rights and quality of life, no matter who we are, what we look like, or where we call home.”