Updated Mar 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Louisville marks 1 year since police killing of Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor's family leads a march as they mark one year since her death. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Breonna Taylor's family leads a march as Louisville marks one year since her death. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath

Hundreds marched in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday to mark one year since the police killing of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman.

The big picture: The families of other Black and Brown people shot by police, including Jacob Blake, Danny Ray Thomas and Sean Monterrosa, joined Taylor's family in Louisville to remember the 26-year-old and renew their calls for justice.

What they're saying: "It's a good day for the DOJ to arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor," Benjamin Crump, Taylor's family lawyer, told Saturday's crowd in Louisville.

  • Sadiqa Reynolds, president of the Louisville Urban League, said "this is bigger than me and you. This is about justice. ... This is so we make sure that not another person dies at the hands of the police."
  • President Biden tweeted, "Breonna Taylor’s death was a tragedy, a blow to her family, her community, and America. As we continue to mourn her, we must press ahead to pass meaningful police reform in Congress. I remain committed to signing a landmark reform bill into law.

Context: Police fatally shot Taylor on March 13, 2020, as they barged into the 26-year-old's home in plain-clothes while serving a search warrant.

  • Louisville Metro Department Police officers returned fire after Taylor's boyfriend, who said he believed someone was breaking into the home, fired a shot as officers broke down the apartment's door.
  • No officers were directly charged for Taylor's death. Three officers were fired and others were disciplined. One was charged for firing shots into neighboring apartments. An FBI investigation into the case is ongoing.
  • Louisville's Metro Council last year passed "Breonna's Law," which bans no-knock warrants, like the one used in the raid on Taylor's home. The state's Senate also passed a bill that would limit the use of no-knock warrants, though protesters have called for a complete ban.
Photos from the rally for Taylor:
 Tamika Palmer (C), mother of Breonna Taylor and others stand with their fists up before a mobile billboard near Jefferson Square Park on March 13, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Tamika Palmer (C), Taylors mother, and others stand with their fists up before a mobile billboard near Jefferson Square Park in Louisville. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images
Protesters march in Louisville to mark the one year since the police killing of Breonna Taylor. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters march in Louisville. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Family members of Monterrosa, a man killed by Vallejo police during Black Lives Matter protests last year, speak during a rally in remembrance of Taylor in Louisville.
Family members of Monterrosa, a man killed by Vallejo police during Black Lives Matter protests last year, speak during a rally in remembrance of Taylor in Louisville. Photo: Jeff Dean/AFP via Getty Images
Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother, and lawyer Ben Crump lead a march in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Palmer and lawyer Ben Crump lead a march in Louisville. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters in Louisville chant, "hands up, don't shoot," as they march past police. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters in Louisville chant, "hands up, don't shoot," as they march past police. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Louisville to call for justice for Breonna Taylor on the one year anniversary of her death. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters in Louisville took to the streets for more than 180 consecutive days last year to demand justice for Taylor. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Louisville protesters march in the city's downtown. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters have repeatedly called for the officers involved in Taylor's death to be charged. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
A woman rides in a car with her fist in the air during a march for Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
Protesters chant, "Breewayy," to honor Taylor on Saturday. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Kids hold up a sign that reads, "Black Lives Matter," in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters call for justice for all Black people killed by police. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters  chanted, "no justice, no peace," as they marched in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters chant, "no justice, no peace," as they march in downtown Louisville, on Saturday. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Hundreds gathered in the city's downtown to march with Breonna Taylor's family. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Hundreds march in Louisville to remember Taylor on the first anniversary of her death. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters sign a banner to honor Breonna Taylor's memory. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
Protesters sign a banner to honor Taylor's memory. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
The Louisville park, known to protesters as "Injustice Square," has been the center of protests for justice for Breonna Taylor. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath
The Louisville park, known to protesters as "Injustice Square," has been the center of protests calling for justice for Taylor. Photo: Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more photos.

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