In Loving Memory of Breonna Taylor, EMT

Anupama Denise

Anupama Denise

Anupama started "Say Their Names" in 2020, an Anthology of Stories of the Black and Brown humans lost to police violence. She believes strongly that sharing stories creates change.

Breonna, 26 yrs old, lay in bed, sleeping with her boyfriend, just home after a long 12-hour shift. An EMT working for two different local hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Breonna was a #NationalHero. “She had a whole plan on becoming a nurse and buying a house and then starting a family,” her mother told The Courier-Journal. On her Facebook page, Breonna described her love for being to help others:

“Working in health care is so rewarding! It makes me so happy when I know I’ve made a difference in someone else’s life!” she said.” – Wikibious⁠

No-Knock Warrant: “…allowed the police to enter without warning or without identifying themselves as law enforcement.” – NYT ⁠

Crime

Sleeping in her bed.⁠

Death

The police shot Breonna no less than eight times while she lay sleeping in her bed. The police, thinking the apartment was connected with drug crimes, used a battering ram to break open the apartment door in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend, fearing for their lives and unsure of who was in their apartment, fired at the officers. One was wounded in the leg. The officers returned fire on the bed, murdering Breonna.⁠

Breonna survived the frontlines of a pandemic that disproportionately kills Black people, only to have her life stolen by police.” – JusticeForBreonna.org

Sentence

Breonna lost her life. The world lost a health care worker during a global pandemic. The officers have since been placed on administrative leave but have not been charged with a crime.

Because I'm sure, this will get asked…

Yes, Breonna's boyfriend did have a legal license for his gun.

No, he was not part of the drug activity the police were investigating. They got the wrong house. They'd arrested the main subject earlier in the day. I hate that I feel obligated to add this.

“Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and first responder in Lousiville, KY, who loved helping her patients and her community. “[Breonna] was an essential worker. She had to go to work,” her mother, Tamika Palmer, said of her dedication to standing on the frontlines of this pandemic. “She didn’t have a problem with that.”

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