Statement by Black Lives Matter Foundation in Response to Grand Jury Verdict in the Breonna Taylor Case - Black Lives Matter
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Statement by Black Lives Matter Foundation in Response to Grand Jury Verdict in the Breonna Taylor Case

We are completely disgusted and outraged by the indescribable decision that has been rendered in the murder of our beloved, Breonna Taylor. Here we are, yet again, a Black life that has been dehumanized at the hands of the police in cold-blooded murder; has no value in a criminal legal system that is supposed to protect it. We send our love and condolences to Breonna’s family who has to endure the painful reality that they may never receive justice because of the brutally racist system all Black people are subjected to.

“I am completely mortified that our criminal justice system has failed Breonna Taylor, her family and friends, and frankly, it has failed our country. We will not give up in this movement. We are going to continue the work that we have started in the name of Breonna Taylor and countless Black lives cut short at the hands of police brutality, systemic racism, and white supremacy. We owe it to each of them to ensure equality and justice for all Black lives becomes our reality.” says Patrisse Cullors, founder and Executive Director, Black Lives Matter.

There is no question that Breonna Taylor was murdered inside of her apartment and there is also no question that there are three officers who walk free — with not one charge being brought against them. Today’s decision to charge one officer with wanton endangerment is completely disgraceful and unjustifiable. We have to ensure that the superior preferential treatment of police officers who commit crimes against Black lives are held accountable.

We will continue to stand up and fight against police terror, systemic racism, and white supremacy in America and around the world.

We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the progression and prosperity of all Black lives. We call for an end to the systemic racism that constantly permits a culture of corruption with no one being held accountable and that consistently allows our Black lives to be taken. Our stance remains as a national call to #DefundthePolice in order to be able to demand investment into our communities and underserved populations. We require resources that not only allow Black lives to survive, but to thrive equally in this country.

If you are with us as we continue to fight for all Black lives, add your name to the petition right now and help us spread the word:

Every day, we are surviving — if we do. We will continue to rise up until all Black lives are valued and matter across this world. Breonna, we are still chanting your name. We are still going to demand that the officers involved in this senseless tragedy be charged with murder.

About BLM Foundation

#BlacklivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder. Black Lives Matter Foundation is a global foundation supporting Black led movements in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combatting and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.

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