the double punishment of the inhabitants of Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 05: Protesters gather around a memorial for Breonna Taylor on what would have been her 27th birthday on June 5, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Protests across the country continue into their second weekend after recent police-related incidents resulting in the deaths of African-Americans Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis. Brett Carlsen / Getty Images / AFP



Posted today at 5:29 am, updated at 10:17 am

Breonna Taylor should have celebrated her 27th birthday Friday, June 5. The young caregiver died in the night of March 13, in her bed, riddled with eight bullets fired by police in Louisville, Kentucky. Since then, the blinds have been lowered on the apartment where the drama took place. A bullet impact is still visible near a window of this small building in a quiet and clean complex, located outside the city on the edge of a wood. In front of the building, a wreath of flowers withers on its base, deflated balloons lie on the ground.

These tributes were deposited by his family, ulcerated by the status of "Suspect" initially joined to Breonna by the police and determined to shed light on the death of the young African-American. A small ceremony was held on May 25. George Floyd was killed on that day by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a death which led to protests against police violence in the country.

Skipped for two months due to the Covid-19 epidemic, which, at the time of Breonna Taylor's death, froze the United States in containment, the young woman's name has since joined the sad list of black victims. of the American police and crossed the borders of his city.

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In Louisville, the walls, the sidewalks, the shop windows salute the memory of Breonna. His round face is painted in colors in the central square of the city. His name was chanted by the demonstrators, between two slogans heard everywhere else in the country: "No justice, no peace", "Black lives count".

A form of impunity

"As long as the police who killed Breonna are not charged and put in prison, we will come to shout our despair here", assures Amber Brown, a city bus driver who, like hundreds of inhabitants, has been demonstrating in the square opposite the town hall for ten days. "We are not fighting for money, but for our lives; we just want to be safe in our apartments, on the street ”, launches the young woman, on the verge of tears, to the mayor, Greg Fischer, who came Thursday afternoon to meet the demonstrators. The Democrat and white councilor, some of whom are asking to resign, remains stoic behind his surgical mask.

The authorities' reluctance to communicate quickly about the investigation, which has since been turned over to the federal police (FBI), has added to the opacity of this troubling case.

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