Protesters march in downtown Richmond following decision in Breonna Taylor case

Reaction over decision in Breonna Taylor case in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Hundreds of protesters gathered in Richmond on Wednesday night after a decision in the Breonna Taylor case came down earlier in the day.

The protesters gathered downtown after a grand jury’s decision to bring no charges against police for the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville during a drug raid gone wrong.

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As soon as the decision came down on whether to charge those officers, reaction quickly spread across Central Virginia. Shortly afterward, a poster was placed on social media inviting folks to protest in Richmond’s Monroe Park.

Protesters marched chanting “no justice, no peace” and “Breonna Taylor,” among other things.

Taylor Maloney and Jewel Jordan have been part of recent Richmond protests calling for racial justice and the arrests of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

“All of that just for her to be paid dust and her family to get money for a wrongful death lawsuit, and then for them to say there is no wrongful death in the court ruling,” Maloney said.

“When I first heard about it, my friend contacted me and said how are you doing? And I was like numb because I heard the verdict, and went right back to work and over time as we collectively, and it was black women calling each other literally saying ‘how are you doing today?’ because of the news today,” Jordan said.

Monday, a grand jury considered the case against three officers. Brett Hankison was charged with blindly opening fire into several apartments and recklessly endangering people who lived near Taylor. He nor the other officers were charged with her death.

“I know people who have protested and gotten longer sentences and longer charges and more harsh charges for protesting the death of Breonna Taylor than the actual officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor,” Maloney said.

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