A year without her daughter: Breonna Taylor’s mother still calling on Louisville to ‘get it right’
this week re sort of anticipating, uh, I kind of knew, but I didn’t think it would just be this amplified. I guess when you say amplified just, uh, people coming from everywhere, like just in support. Mhm. So a lot of supporters of just the movement, the movement just demanding justice and just even what now, be around mhm. The closer you get to Saturday, which obviously marks a year, what sort of emotions have come up? Uh huh. Anger still, just like I can’t believe it’s a year later and just still asking people to do the right thing. Yeah. What’s the right thing to you? Charging the officers? It’s been, you know, a proven fact. They’ve shown failure from the beginning. So when we talk about the beginning, obviously we’re talking about March 13 2020 that night. Um, when you think of that night, what do you think of uh huh? I don’t know. I think that I mostly think about just how happy she was earlier that day on the 12. So and just how it was taken away so recklessly. Is that the best way to describe it for you as reckless? Definitely. I don’t know if it’s the best way, but it’s probably the more appropriate way mhm. You talk about anger? Do you equate that anger to the recklessness that you feel was absolutely the recklessness, the that nobody being held accountable? The It’s just like watching this whole system is a joke. At this point, so many people have so much pain over this as well. What is it like for you when you see a nation and even people overseas who cry tears for your daughter? And what happened to her? Um, first of all, I should just It’s heartfelt, you know, because in the beginning, when nobody knew, really what happened to her and just kind of getting anybody to listen or now, uh, it was a little It was a little lonely moment, but so now you’ve got all these people who never met her and just feel for and, uh, what happened to her and just just, you know, standing up and saying her name and just keeping her alive in that way, at least, right? Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about people not knowing what happened in the beginning. There was a lot of confusion and even, I would say from local media outlets, not even understanding the scope of what happened in that apartment that night. As details unfolded, you learned some stuff from the media as well, didn’t you? Yeah. I mean, uh, first of all, that’s how I learned that the police killed her. Was from the media even being on the scene. No one ever told me that. So, um and then to hear it, not even here to not even just here that they killed her. But to hear them say that they were in this shootout with her was insane. There were so many misconception. So much misinformation, even from the police information that they gave that we now know was wrong from that night. So help us understand for you. You were there. You were called out there. Will you help us get a better understanding of what transpired as far as what you were told happened? Um, so when I I got there because Kenny is who called me. Um, So when I got there, um, I never even got up to the apartment yet. And there was this officer who just told me that I needed to go to the hospital. And, um so I did And I went there for, uh, and sat and waited for two hours. And then they were like, uh like, there’s no we haven’t event got a car that she’s even on the way. And so, uh, of course, I go back. And, uh, by that time, I’m able to get up to the apartment I get there. And there’s, like, all these officers shit standing around, hanging out, kind of. And, um so I’m like, yeah, I need to get in there. I need to talk to my daughter. And so they tell me to hang tight. Um, that a detective would come over and talk to me, which took about another hour. And, uh So when he comes over, he asked if I knew anybody who would want to hurt Brianna or Kenny. And, uh and I’m like, of course, Of course not like, for what? Like that Don’t even make sense. And, uh, then he asked if her and Kenny had had any problems. And so then I asked, Are you insinuating? Like Kenny did something to her? Or and I was like So, you know, by then I’m getting angry. And I’m like, just let me talk to Kenny because you’re not really telling me anything. And so he tells me that they have Kenny at one of their offices trying to help them piece together what had happened there. And, um and so then I asked about because we’re not went to the hospital. The first officer had told me that there was an officer shot, too. And so I said, What? Why was an officer shot? You know, like, what’s going on? He said the officer was responding to what had happened there that night. So I stood there waiting and and thinking that somebody else did this to her. You say somebody else, like, yeah, not the police. Like not even knowing that what their involvement was Or just at what point did you find out it was the police. So we, um they didn’t finish till about 1 30. And, um so we went into the apartment for just it wasn’t long, because who would want to be in there? Um, so then I go, we go back to my sister’s house and the T V was playing, and that’s where you uh, just heard something about the police. Been in a shootout, and I didn’t even really pay it no mind until they said her her dress. And so then I started calling the detective who gave me a car because, like, what are they talking about? You know, that’s all. I don’t even know what they’re talking about because, like, nobody just said that to me. And so, of course, nobody, um he never called me back or returned my cause. So you were there to get no information. Go home. See all this on the news. You still you still don’t know Brianna is dead? Well, I found out she was So it’s about 11. 30 that morning. The next Well, it’s still much the 13th because this happened after midnight. So it’s about 11. 30. And he came over to us and said that they wouldn’t be there much longer than they were about, um, wrapping up. And so at this point, I’m like Iran. And I started screaming at him, and I’m like, Where’s Brianna? Why won’t you tell me where she is? And so he said, Well, Mom, she’s still in the apartment, so I didn’t he never said she was there, but at that point, you know. So from here, you are trying to piece together what’s happening. You go home, you’re hearing things on the news from the media, and you still have not gotten a call from L. A P D. Nobody has told you anything. When did you get some information? When did you get to talk to Kenny? When did when did someone call you? Uh, I think I talked to Kenny. It probably was like, Sunday evening. And, um so he kind of tell me a little bit. I didn’t really get to talk to him alone, but because he caught while his mother is, you know, caught So she could kind of relay what Kenny was saying. Um, but, uh, the police never told me anything, so I didn’t really find out any real information till getting a lawyer. So it was then that I pretty much was learning anything and finding out, and I got. And I think it was probably by Tuesday that I had got a lawyer because no one from the police department has still returned my car. So? So you had to get information through your lawyers at that point in order to find anything out from l A p d. About what actually had happened. Wow. Um, you know, so much has come out since that night, right? Since the original reports of what we were told happened versus what we now know happened, that kind of thing. What has it been like for you to see this piece by piece? Like all these layers peel back as to what about from the warrant to why they were there to what has that been like, torture? Just to see this thing like it makes no sense like to see all these things happening to see so much wrong and every, you know, everybody knows that. Oh, that that’s against the law. Are you shouldn’t do this, and they’re not able to do that. But nobody is doing anything about it. Nobody’s holding them accountable and then to just sit here and just have to take it. You feel helpless? Definitely, definitely. With the talk of reforms with, you know, the settlement and all that has happened, And you still you still feel helpless? Yeah. I mean, none of that helps Brianna, uh, as far as like the, uh, the reform and stuff like, it’s great because I have another daughter, so hopefully she’s never Brianna. You know, uh, or for anybody else, for that matter. But it still doesn’t, um, give Brianna justice. You know, like, what are we gonna do about that? Like, who’s going to right that wrong, Right. Speaking of righting wrongs, Daniel Cameron, grand jury decision. You have a reaction just to the name it seems like what was What was that moment like for you Torture, uh, misery to hear him, um, say that the grand jury decided to not prosecute just the things the look on his face, as if it was nothing as if she was to, uh and then to just find out he lied. We know. Allegedly he talked to you all before that announcement, like, minutes before minutes before, right? Um, I think so many people were hoping. I know so many people are hoping for a different outcome. People are hoping that that would be the moment officers were held accountable and it wasn’t, which is. It’s heartbreaking to me to deny it to the world at this point. Like the world is fighting for her, you know, fighting for their own loved ones through this. You know, uh, just to be black. Down to be, you think? What did I do wrong? Er, what didn’t we do? You know, what else can you do? Who else in your car? It just feels. Does it just feel like the system completely failed? Absolutely. Absolutely. And to know that they did it and to know, to hear people say, Yeah, that’s wrong or that that shouldn’t have happened. But nobody is going to be held accountable for that. And that’s just the problem, you know, of course not to say all officers are bad because they’re not, um, but that’s the problem. Like there’s no accountability, so they don’t feel like they have to change their actions or their behaviors. So when when I know Jon Mattingly did an interview where he said that this wasn’t about race and human do we know that he filed a countersuit against Kenneth Walker and all of these things? When when you see the officers involved, come out and say those sort of things, um, just insane. Of course, he was said, It’s about racing. It’s not his race being attacked. Um, I don’t you know, of course, like even in the beginning, I didn’t want to to believe it was a racial thing, but race comes into play because it happens to us more than any other. Race it. It’s us who keep dying at the hands of the police, and nobody’s doing anything about it. Uh, just to And then to know that this isn’t Brianna wasn’t their first problem, you know, like they’ve carried on in that manner so many other times and nobody eats either. They didn’t know how to get the help to stand up or were too afraid to do it. And to think that Brianna’s death sparked a movement. What is that? Like to know that this has happened to so many other people and it never It never really gained any attention. And then Brianna, it’s almost like she was. She She became the face she did. She became the face of the movement. Does that give you Does that give you any sense of peace or Oh, I think about how I’ve always said that I knew she’d be great but hates you hate. It has to be. Yeah, okay. Uh huh. Uh huh. You hate it. Has to be her. Yeah. For dinner. I try and think. Who could have did it better. I know. She was so special. Yeah, she uhh. Should be 27. Should be 28 this year. What would she be doing? Being great. She she, um She was just alive. She, um she was hoping to go back to nursing school and just starter family and just she was ready. She said she was ready. If you really wanted to be a mama. Yeah, she would have been good at. She loved taking care of him. Yeah. Yeah, sure. What you think about her? Just personality. Her spirit, her smile. What? Uh, what What? Memory gives you? Just the greatest joy. Okay. Uh huh. She had to smile and she just light up a room and just you couldn’t be sad around or for anything. And it’s like she come in and like, you gotta get up. We got to We got to figure it out like we’re gonna make a plan. And she was like, she always wanted to make a plan for, you know, like like, OK, people for what we gotta do to get you up. Hi. She did it for everybody. She had No, she had no favorites. She was just like that way everybody. He tells she had it, like, beautiful personality, A great spirit. I think I saw somewhere that she was getting ready to go to, um, block C for black spring break. I used to work down there, and I’m very familiar with that event. It’s a really fun of man. I always think about, you know, her getting ready to go. She was so excited. And she every day calling Look at this outfit, like, leave me alone, Brown. It’s closed. But she just She took pride and how she looked and and just how she carried herself. So she liked to travel? Yeah. She loved the trout, which she She likes to have fun and fun and just be her best self. She just she loved life. I feel like I can just feel that through some of her videos that we’ve seen, um, the exchanges between her and Kenny talk about their relationship. Uh huh. Uh, I remember when Kenny first started to, uh, come around and he would say I’m gonna marry her. And I used to say, Be careful what you wish for. Uh, just because she was like she was, You know, I’ll be like Brown. You can’t tell him what they do and should be like, Yes, I can. I got to take care of him. But he loved it. And he so to see him. Now he don’t even you know who he is. How would you say he’s doing?
A year without her daughter: Breonna Taylor’s mother still calling on Louisville to ‘get it right’
Saturday marks one year since Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville Metro police officers in her apartment. Her mother, Tamika Palmer, sat down with WLKY ahead of that day. We asked her what sort of emotions come up now, after everything that has happened. “Anger. Still, just like, I can’t believe it’s a year later and we’re still just asking people to do the right thing,” she said.Caray Grace: What’s the right thing for you?Tamika Palmer: Charging the officers. It’s been, you know, a proven fact, they’ve shown failure from the beginning.Only one officer was indicted for what happened that night, but no one was charged in her actual death. Palmer says she feels like the system failed Breonna.Watch below: Tamika Palmer looks back on year of investigations in Breonna Taylor shooting”To know that they did it and to hear people say, ‘That’s wrong or that shouldn’t have happened,’ but no one is going to be held accountable, and that’s just the problem. Not to say all officers are bad, but there’s no accountability. So, they don’t feel like they have to change their actions or their behaviors,” Palmer said.So much of the details of what happened that night came out piece by piece. We asked Palmer what it’s been like to learn the story that way.Watch below: Tamika Palmer discusses lack of accountability in investigation”Torture. Just to see this thing like, it makes no sense, like to see all of these things happening, to see so much wrong,” she said.From the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine to having the 2020 WNBA season played in her honor, Taylor’s death resonated around the world.We asked if having Taylor be the face of a movement brings her any peace. “I think about how I said I always knew she’d be great, but you hate it. You hate it has to be her face. But then I think, who could’ve done it better?” Palmer said.Watch below: Tamika Palmer calling on Louisville to “get it right”She is also calling on the community to continue demanding justice.”We still have to demand and fight which I don’t understand why. I’ve never seen something so black and white and nobody willing to do the right thing or what is happening inside of this unit or this whole thing that nobody knows what’s the right thing to do is,” Palmer said.Demonstrations are expected in Louisville this weekend, as they did for months following Taylor’s death. The city has released a plan of preparations.
Saturday marks one year since Breonna Taylor was killed by Louisville Metro police officers in her apartment.
Her mother, Tamika Palmer, sat down with WLKY ahead of that day. We asked her what sort of emotions come up now, after everything that has happened.
“Anger. Still, just like, I can’t believe it’s a year later and we’re still just asking people to do the right thing,” she said.
Caray Grace: What’s the right thing for you?
Tamika Palmer: Charging the officers. It’s been, you know, a proven fact, they’ve shown failure from the beginning.
Only one officer was indicted for what happened that night, but no one was charged in her actual death.
Palmer says she feels like the system failed Breonna.
Watch below: Tamika Palmer looks back on year of investigations in Breonna Taylor shooting
“To know that they did it and to hear people say, ‘That’s wrong or that shouldn’t have happened,’ but no one is going to be held accountable, and that’s just the problem. Not to say all officers are bad, but there’s no accountability. So, they don’t feel like they have to change their actions or their behaviors,” Palmer said.
So much of the details of what happened that night came out piece by piece. We asked Palmer what it’s been like to learn the story that way.
Watch below: Tamika Palmer discusses lack of accountability in investigation
“Torture. Just to see this thing like, it makes no sense, like to see all of these things happening, to see so much wrong,” she said.
From the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine to having the 2020 WNBA season played in her honor, Taylor’s death resonated around the world.
We asked if having Taylor be the face of a movement brings her any peace.
“I think about how I said I always knew she’d be great, but you hate it. You hate it has to be her face. But then I think, who could’ve done it better?” Palmer said.
Watch below: Tamika Palmer calling on Louisville to “get it right”
She is also calling on the community to continue demanding justice.
“We still have to demand and fight which I don’t understand why. I’ve never seen something so black and white and nobody willing to do the right thing or what is happening inside of this unit or this whole thing that nobody knows what’s the right thing to do is,” Palmer said.
Demonstrations are expected in Louisville this weekend, as they did for months following Taylor’s death. The city has released a plan of preparations.