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National Faith Leader Laments Denial of Justice for Breonna Taylor


September 23, 2020


Michelle Nealy, mnealy@faithinpubliclife.org, (202) 735-7123

Austin Schuler, aschuler@faithinpubliclife.org, (540) 280-3393

National Faith Leader Laments Denial of Justice for Breonna Taylor 

Washington, D.C. — On Wednesday, September 23rd, only one of the officers involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor was charged with endangerment, not her murder. The two other officers were not held accountable at all.

Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO, Faith in Public Life:

“A white supremacist system denied Breonna Taylor’s family full justice in Louisville today, and it is an utter outrage. Breonna wasn’t just ‘wantonly endangered,’ she was slaughtered. Black lives matter to God. They must matter to our government and to those who take the oath to serve and protect. When police are not held accountable for killing a black woman in her own home, we do not live in a free country. 

As a pastor, I believe protesters are prophets. We must heed the cries for justice in the streets of Louisville and across this unequal nation.

In order to establish true peace, freedom and safety, we must do more than hold accountable the officers who killed Breonna. We must defund the police and invest in priorities that affirm Black lives rather than taking them.”


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