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Demonstrators turn Kentucky Derby into Breonna Taylor protest

Protesters marched outside of the Churchill Downs racetrack where the horse race was being held.

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Demonstrators are still demanding justice for Breonna Taylor and are determined to protest peacefully no matter the time or place.

Ahead of the Kentucky Derby on Sunday (Sept. 6), social justice organization Until Freedom and a group of other protesters met at South Central Park and walked a few blocks over to the Churchill Downs racetrack where the horse race was being held. Though the Coronavirus pandemic prohibited people from being in the actual venue, the people stood outside, marched and chanted in hopes to see some progression in their fight for Taylor’s justice.

Taylor was fatally shot when officers used a no-knock warrant to enter her Louisville home amid a drug investigation. Despite numerous protests, neither of the cops responsible for her killing have been arrested.

“We can’t just go on like business as usual when we have social injustices that need to be rectified,” said Kentucky native Desiree Willis. “The fact that her killers are out here still living free. It’s unfair to her family. It’s unfair to her. It’s unfair to us as a people. As a people we’ve been through so much this year.”

Louisville activist Kejohn Jennings, who has been protesting since June 15, joined the demonstration off the strength of his ancestors and their resilience.

President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League Sadiqa Reynolds told the crowd that their fight will continue until they have accomplished their goal. “We are not sucking it up anymore,” he said. “Today we have decided you will have no peace Louisville, Kentucky. No peace until we have our justice!”

Reverend Jamal Bryant of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church also shared thoughts on the National Guard, noting they should “be protecting Black children from being gunned down in the streets” much like they were protecting the horses at the Kentucky Derby.

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