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Ben Crump reacts to Breonna Taylor’s family receiving $12M settlement

Ben Crump reacts to Breonna Taylor’s family receiving $12M settlement

Ben Crump reacts to Breonna Taylor’s family receiving $12M settlement

On September 15, a $12 million settlement was announced by the city of Louisville, Kentucky, with the family of Breonna Taylor in relation to a wrongful death lawsuit.

This comes many months after Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville police in her own home.

A few hours after the announcement of the settlement Taylor’s family’s attorney Ben Crump spoke about the event.

“Nothing will ever bring back the precious life or fill the bottomless void left by the death of Breonna for her family or her community, which she served as a frontline emergency worker,” Crump said. “But this settlement, with the accompanying police reforms, sends a powerful signal to the community that Breonna’s life and her death will have a long-term impact, hopefully preventing the loss of other Black lives.”

According to Crump, the settlement will cause increased reform within the Louisville Police Department.

“The significance is not just the historic $12 million settlement for the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, but also the comprehensive police reform agreed to by Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Metro City Council,” he said. “In the many cases I have represented involving police brutality — from George Floyd and Jacob Blake to Pamela Turner — I have never seen the level of responsive, comprehensive systemic reform that has occurred here under the leadership of Mayor Fischer in just six months. We credit Mayor Fischer and the city council for their tremendous leadership in bringing progress and reform out of tragedy.”

Crump still wants to make sure that the officers who partook in the fatal shooting of Taylor are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Recently, the case was directed to a grand jury.

“This is an important step toward justice more than six months after Breonna’s death,” he said. “We continue to urge Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to convene a grand jury and charge the involved officers immediately.”

It was on March 13 that three officers donning plainclothes — Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove — entered Taylor’s apartment on the basis of their no-knock warrant. Unfortunately, they got into the wrong home and fired over 20 bullets, killing Taylor. It is reported that Taylor’s’ boyfriend fired one shot. According to a court filing, Taylor’s family stated that the cops did not offer aid to her following the shooting. While Hankinson was fired from the force, none of the three officers was charged in the incident.

While media and celebrities continue to demand justice for Taylor, the officers involved are yet to be charged with a crime.

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Mariah Carey speaks up about Breonna Taylor

Mariah Carey speaks up about Breonna Taylor

Mariah Carey speaks up about Breonna Taylor

Fans of Mariah Carey are being reminded to continue fighting against racial injustice and police brutality and she is leveraging her platform in order to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black EMT who was fatally shot by Louisville police officers in March.

The singer shared a picture of herself of Instagram, donning a black t-shirt that says “ARREST THE COPS WHO KILLED BREONNA TAYLOR” on the front and on the back, is printed “SAY HER NAME” written above Taylor’s photo.

“It’s been six months since #BreonnaTaylor, a frontline medical worker was killed by police in a ‘no-knock’ raid targeting the WRONG apartment,” she captioned the post.

She continued, “Medical workers like her save lives every day — but police violence claims Black lives at nearly the same pace. Her killing hurts especially bad right now. Now, more than ever we have to stay connected and vigilant. Follow @wearepushblack to read more about her story and for daily doses of inspiring, #BlackHistory stories to keep us going.”

The “We Belong Together” singer has spoken up about social justice issues related to the Black community several times in the past. Three months ago, she made the decision to push the celebration of her debut album’s 30th anniversary in order shift the focus towards the Black Lives Matter movement, which was sparked across the country after the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd.

“Thank you lambily, for all the celebratory messages for today’s #MC30 anniversary!” she wrote over the image of her album’s cover art. “I had planned to share some surprises and rarities with you, but prefer to postpone them to a later date.

“As we continue to fight for equality and justice within our broken systems, I thank you for using your platforms to educate, inform and invoke change. Together let’s bring on a change. Love, Mariah,” she concluded.

Moreover, she also retweeted Taylor’s family’s official GoFundMe and asked her fans to drop a text reading “FLOYD” to 55156 in order to see justice after he was killed in custody.

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VA House passed bills to prevent custodial deaths like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

VA House passed bills to prevent custodial deaths like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

VA House passed bills to prevent custodial deaths like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

Virginia’s House of Delegates passed several bills on Friday with the aim of preventing deaths such as those of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

WAVY 10 reported that a legislation was passed that bans neck restraints. Thus, it is now a Class 6 felony for police officers to make use of neck restraints to detain people, in the manner that it was used on George Floyd.

According to the bill, neck restraints are “the use of any body part or object to attempt to control or disable a person by applying pressure against the neck, including the trachea or carotid artery, with the purpose, intent, or effect of controlling or restricting the person’s movement or restricting the person’s blood flow or breathing, including chokeholds, carotid restraints, and lateral vascular neck restraints.”

Moreover, no-knock search warrants will be banned by House Bill 5099. Such a search warrant was used by the Louisville police officers who fatally shot Taylor.

Moreover, in case any law enforcement official fails to intervene as a colleague is making use of a deadly force, it will now be considered a felony. The legislation states that the law enforcement officers are required to assist any person who sustains injuries due to the use of force.

“The bill states that the knowing failure to intervene in the unlawful use of non-deadly force is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor and the knowing failure to intervene in the unlawful use of deadly force is punishable as a Class 6 felony,” the proposal reads.

“The bill punishes the knowing failure to intervene in the unlawful use of force that leads to death or if the victim is thereby severely injured and is caused to suffer permanent and significant physical impairment as a Class 4 felony,” it continued.

Now, these legislations will be forwarded to the Senate and then to Gov. Ralph Northam. Before they can become a law, his sign is required.

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Naomi Osaka wears Ahmaud Arbery mask during US Open

Naomi Osaka wears Ahmaud Arbery mask during US Open

Naomi Osaka wears Ahmaud Arbery mask during US Open

Naomi Osaka continues to show her support various Black victims who passed away due to racism. Recently, the tennis star was spotted donning a black mask with the name of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who shot by white men as he went for a jog in his Georgia neighborhood. He passed away due to the attack.

“This did not have to happen, none of these deaths had to happen,” she told reporters on Friday (Sep. 4). “I just want everyone to know the names more.”

This mark’s the star’s third tribute this week. On Monday’s match, she donned a mask to honor Breonna Taylor, the Black EMT who was shot at her own home by police officers.

Wednesday saw her donning a mask to honor Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old Black man who passed away after he was placed in a chokehold by Colorado police officers. According to Osaka, she bought seven different masks so she can wear one on each match in the tournament, until the finals.

“It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I’ll get to the finals so you can see all of them,” Osaka said on Monday.

Last week, Osaka, decided to pull out of her Western & Southern Open in New York City in order to mourn the loss of Jacob Blake, who was a Black man shot seven times by the police. Many other athletes boycotted their games.

“Hell, as many of you are aware I was scheduled to play my semifinals match tomorrow,” Osaka wrote in a statement. “However, before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman. And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”

“I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction,” she continued. “Watching the continued genocide of Black people at the hands of the police is honestly making me sick to my stomach.”

“I’m exhausted of having a new hashtag pop up every few days and I’m extremely tired of having this same conversation over and over again,” the tennis star concluded. “When will it ever be enough?”

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In another Breonna Taylor Protest, Trae tha Truth, Yandy Smith and Porsha Williams arrested

In another Breonna Taylor Protest, Trae tha Truth, Yandy Smith and Porsha Williams arrested

In another Breonna Taylor Protest, Trae tha Truth, Yandy Smith and Porsha Williams arrested

At the Louisville demonstration staged to honor late Breonna Taylor, the EMT aged 26, who was shot within the safety of her own home by the police, over 60 people were arrested.

The protest was one fragment of “A Day of Action,” which is a four-day even organized by social justice organization Until Freedom to demand justice for Taylor.

The protestors walked all the way from the Louisville police training headquarters to the University of Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium wherein a conflict with the police had emerged as the demonstrators were obstructing a main road right in front of the venue.

Many people were arrested including Trae tha Truth and reality stars Porsha Williams and Yandy Smith, who also took to Instagram to post a video of her arrest.
The Louisville officers explained that those who were arrested will be charged with obstructing the roadway and disorderly conduct. They were in police custody last night and did not receive a bond yet.

Previously, in July, Trae tha Truth, Williams and Smith were taken into police custody with YBN Cordae, Until Freedom co-founder Tamika Mallory and 87 others when they staged protests outside the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Each of the individuals was charged with intimidating a participant in a legal process, disorderly conduct 2nd degree and criminal trespass 3rd degree. Eventually, the felony charges were dropped.

Recently, Mallory explained that one of the objectives of the organization is to make sure to keep Taylor’s name and story alive, when critics questioned Until Freedom’s motives.

Moreover, she also spoke about the criticism directed towards the usage of the promotional ads to promote the event.

“Yesterday, while we were inside of the women’s empowerment event, the white militia [3 percenters] was outside—about thirty to forty people with weapons,” Mallory told The Root. “While some folks are upset about the name of a conference and a graphic, our lives are in danger because we’re actually physically on the ground not on social media.”

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