“Turning protests into action”: The lawyer for the family of Breonna Taylor, a young black woman killed by police in Louisville, on Friday urged American anti-racist protesters to express their anger at the polls on November 3.
From this city that has become the new epicenter of the historic movement against police brutality, Ben Crump, known to also represent those close to George Floyd or Jacob Blake, called for a “transformation of leadership” in the United States.
With 39 days of the presidential election, the city of Kentucky is shaken by a strong protest. Protesters denounce the lack of homicide prosecutions against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor at her home on March 13.
“It will always be 'them against us'”, denounced very moved the mother of Breonna Taylor, Tamika Palmer, in remarks read by her sister. This press conference was organized by lawyers for the family of Breonna Taylor and broadcast live on news channels across the country.
Launching several invectives against Donald Trump, in the running for his re-election, the supporters of the young hospital worker announced a national day to “transform the demonstrations into political actions” on October 14.
The American president who poses as a defender of “law and order” regularly denounces the “looters” and “anarchists” of the anti-racist movement.
His opponent at the polls, Democrat Joe Biden, said for his part “understand the frustration” of the demonstrators, while calling for calm.
Gathered in front of an imposing portrait of the young African-American, releasing a few butterflies in her memory to the sky, those close to Breonna Taylor called for a new evening of demonstrations in Louisville.
“You cannot stop the revolution!” Assured the father of Jacob Blake, a young black man paralyzed by police fire in Wisconsin, who came to lend his support.
Residents of the city, which has seen boxing legend and civil rights activist Muhammad Ali grow, say they have suffered abuse or racism from the police for too long.
One of them, Marc Wilson, 49, claims to be convinced that the police in the United States are fundamentally “racist”.
The black man in a wheelchair told AFP to carry several weapons with him at all times, convinced that, for lack of real confidence in the police, “citizens will have to protect themselves by themselves”.
For several days now, Louisville has looked like a ghost town.
Only a handful of businesses, all barricaded behind huge planks of wood, are open.
During the night from Thursday to Friday, the demonstrators had, for the second night in a row, defied the curfew in force in this city of 600,000 inhabitants until the end of the weekend.
In apparent contrast to Wednesday's rally in which two police officers were shot and wounded, the hard core of the protest, this time peaceful, rushed after the curfew in effect in a church, where clerics said they were marrying the same cause.
Despite everything, the police announced that they had made around 20 arrests.
Shameka Parrish-Wright, 43, spent the night in detention.
This mother of six who says she is demonstrating “for the family” of Breonna Taylor wants to ensure that the police are not at the same time “the judge, the jury and the executioner”.
The 26-year-old hospital worker died on March 13, when three officers broke into her home, breaking down her door in the middle of the night. Armed, the victim's companion opened fire on the officers, believing in a criminal intrusion.
Only one member of the police trio was ultimately prosecuted, for endangering the lives of others, because of his shots which crossed a neighboring apartment. No charge has been brought against his two colleagues, whose shots killed the young woman.