'A sense of community solidarity and action.' - Protesters come together in Hempstead after Breonna Taylor decision
Protesters were outside Hempstead Town Hall Friday to demand police reforms and an end to racism in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict three Kentucky police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.
Organized on Instagram by the grassroots organization Voices of Uniondale, one dozen people gathered to talk.
"What we're trying to do is foster a sense of community solidarity and action," said Raynor Robinson.
The grand jury decided Wednesday to charge only one of the three officers with endangerment for bullets that entered a neighboring apartment during the botched drug raid. No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment.
On Friday, Taylor's aunt Bianca Austin read a statement from Taylor’s mother, which blamed the Kentucky attorney general for the decision:
“I never had faith in Daniel Cameron to begin with. I knew he was too inexperienced to deal with a job of this caliber. I knew he had already chosen to be on the wrong side of the law the moment he wanted the grand jury to make the decision.”
The family is demanding the release of the grand jury transcripts in the case.
There were demonstrations for a second night in Kentucky, which remained mostly peaceful. There were other protests in places like Seattle where small fires were set and someone drove into a protester in Hollywood.
There were two peaceful gatherings Thursday night – one in East Islip and another in Mineola.