Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that four Kentucky police officers had been charged in the deadly shooting that killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor two years ago. Ever since her daughter Tamika Palmer has been attempting to bring the perpetrators of her daughters death to justice. Today, Palmer reacted to the news that her daughters' killers had been charged.
Garland told reporters on Thursday that the Justice Department has charged four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department officers with federal crimes related to the death of Breonna Taylor. Among other things, the federal charges filed today allege that members of the LMPD's Place-Based Investigations Unit falsely disclosed the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant for Ms. Taylor's residence, that this act violated federal civil rights laws, and that those violations resulted in Ms. Taylor's death.
Taylor, an Emergency Room technician, should be alive today, and that he and others federal officials share, but cannot fully imagine, the pain felt by the Taylors' family.
Palmer's arrest of the four current and former officers has been a long time coming. In March 2021, one year after her daughters' tragic death, Palmer spoke to CNN about how she has struggled with the injustice of it all. She feels anger that it was so avoidable, anger that she lost her life for it.
After the hearing at Jefferson Square Park in Philadelphia, Palmer spoke out about the charges today. It's been years since the announcement.
Palmer continued to state that she had been saying since the beginning that she should not have been there. And now everyone knows that she was right all along. Breonna shared a post her daughter had shared once, Take me to a place I cant even imagine. Breonna has taken us all to a place we cant even imagine.
Palmer knew exactly what she needed when she was asked a year ago what justice for Taylor would entail for her: to have these officers arrested, charged, and convicted.
Palmers' plea for justice has been answered 874 days later.