Breonna Taylor – 4 Protesters Go On Hunger Strike As They Continue To Demand Justice
130 days have passed since Louisville woman Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police, and no arrests have been made. For this reason, protests have been nearly constant in the city – but those wanting justice for Breonna Taylor have increased the stakes. Organizers went on strike Monday (July 20th) with tens of thousands of workers walking off their jobs during the workday. Those unable to leave work knelt for Black lives for the eight minutes and 46 seconds it took for George Floyd to be killed by Minnesota police.
In more drastic measures, four people in Louisville have gone on a hunger strike. They’re demanding that Sgt. John Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove be fired and have their pensions revoked. The hunger strikers also streamed their efforts on Facebook. One of the participants, Ari Maybe, recently said this:
“In this form, we can control it. It’s not like a sit-in, where we can be arrested. It’s not like a protest, where there’s a beginning and an end. We control the beginning, the end and the entire narrative.”
Ari added that medical personnel and camera crews are involved in safely facilitating the hunger strike.
Celebrities have also been involved in fighting for Breonna Taylor recently. Reality stars Porsha Williams of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and Yandy Smith of “Love and Hip-Hop: New York” were arrested during a protest outside of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron‘s home last week.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Breonna Taylor.