Breonna Taylor’s mother calls for peace after 7 are shot at Louisville protest over fatal police shooting

The mother of the woman at the center of Thursday’s protest in downtown Louisville is urging people to “keep it peaceful.”Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police in March while officers were conducting a raid at her apartment. Details of the case remained quiet for several weeks, but gained national attention after video of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting death in Georgia was made public. Activists across the country began speaking out about the deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of police and/or racist white people.In the weeks leading up to Thursday’s violent protest, Breonna Taylor’s family called for the LMPD officers involved in the case to be relieved of their duties and charged. Activists held a candlelight vigil, a parade and a wreath-laying ceremony to bring attention to the case. The events were all held peacefully, and Breonna’s mother said she would like it to remain that way. Sister station WLKY received the following statement from Bianca Austin: “We are so grateful for everyone giving Bre a voice tonight, for saying her name, for demanding truth, for demanding justice and for demanding accountability. Please keep demanding this. But please keep it peaceful. Do not succumb to the levels that we see out of the police. Speak. Protest. But do not resort to violence. We demand change. We demand reform. But we do not need for our community to get hurt. We need for our community to get justice. Thank you all so very much.”Seven people were shot during Thursday’s rally, one of whom is said to be in critical condition. Louisville Metro Police are assessing the scene and plan to release more information Friday morning.

The mother of the woman at the center of Thursday’s protest in downtown Louisville is urging people to “keep it peaceful.”

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police in March while officers were conducting a raid at her apartment.

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Details of the case remained quiet for several weeks, but gained national attention after video of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting death in Georgia was made public. Activists across the country began speaking out about the deaths of unarmed black citizens at the hands of police and/or racist white people.

In the weeks leading up to Thursday’s violent protest, Breonna Taylor’s family called for the LMPD officers involved in the case to be relieved of their duties and charged. Activists held a candlelight vigil, a parade and a wreath-laying ceremony to bring attention to the case. The events were all held peacefully, and Breonna’s mother said she would like it to remain that way.

Sister station WLKY received the following statement from Bianca Austin:

“We are so grateful for everyone giving Bre a voice tonight, for saying her name, for demanding truth, for demanding justice and for demanding accountability. Please keep demanding this. But please keep it peaceful. Do not succumb to the levels that we see out of the police. Speak. Protest. But do not resort to violence. We demand change. We demand reform. But we do not need for our community to get hurt. We need for our community to get justice. Thank you all so very much.”

Seven people were shot during Thursday’s rally, one of whom is said to be in critical condition.

Louisville Metro Police are assessing the scene and plan to release more information Friday morning.