Since then, no charges have been made against any of the three officers involved in the March 13 shooting. Two officers remain on the force. A third officer was fired and is appealing for his job back.
A grand jury was formed on Wednesday to investigate the shooting and ultimately decide the fate of the three officers. The grand jury is meeting in an alternative location, informally renamed as “Brio Taylor Park”, due to security concerns due to ongoing protests in Jefferson Square Park.
Taylor’s family, activists and celebrities, however, did not let the world forget Taylor’s name. His death contributed to the revival of the Black Lives Matter movement with Taylor and other black victims of police violence such as George Floyd became the face of the movement.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is leading the investigation into Taylor’s death, tweeted that “conflicting rumors and reports” do nothing to “advance justice” circulating on a daily basis about the investigation.
“When the investigation ends and a decision is made, we will provide an update regarding an announcement,” Cameron wrote. “The news will come from our office and not from anonymous sources. Until that time, the investigation is on.”
Tamika L. Palmer, Taylor’s mother, called Cameron on Instagram on Thursday to ask what his mother thought if he was locked up by police.
“If you ask her, she will say without hesitation that she will stop at nothing to protect you,” Palmer’s post read. “She would be willing to lay down her life to save you. If you were locked in your own house, wouldn’t she demand justice for the murderers? … Do you have the strength and courage to call my child?” , To see that the sound of my crying and the cry of my community is heard, and as part of a village the power that raises our children to be corrected by one of our daughters ?!
Activists, athletes and celebrities honor Taylor
Until New York City-based social justice organization Freedom, Taylor live-streamed the 26-hour prayer for Sunday.
“We are at our highest point when we are involved with spiritual guidance,” Tamika Mallory, one of the co-founders of the organization, told CNN. “Some people are not protesters, but they are in touch with their spirituality, so we are striving to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the fight for justice for Bryo Taylor.”
The NFL season was fully underway on Sunday, with many players and coaches wearing clothes reflecting Taylor’s name or picture.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Peyton wore a “Bryo Taylor” facemask, The team tweeted
Los Angeles Rams players wore a “Black Lives Matter” shirt that featured portraits of various victims of police violence, including Taylor, George Floyd, and Tammy Rice. The team tweeted
British race driver Lewis Hamilton wore a T-shirt with “ARREST THE COPS WHO KILLED BREONNA TAYLOR” on the front and “SAY HER NAME” above a picture of Taylor on the back. He wore the shirt before the Tuscan Grand Prix race in Mugello, Italy, and during the podium ceremony.
Singer Maria Carrie also wore a similar T-shirt and posted pictures in front of her. Twitter
Carrie’s caption reads, “Medical workers like her save lives every day, but the police’s violence claims that Black lives at almost the same pace. “His killing in particular feels very bad. Now, more than ever we have to be connected and alert.”
CNN’s Susannah Kalinin, Christina Carrega and Vishwas Karimi contributed to this report.