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'Grieving all over again': Breonna Taylor's cousin discusses verdict with Fox 17

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Posted at 8:06 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 22:24:00-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The family of Breonna Taylor spoke to Fox 17 Wednesday evening after the indictment of a former Louisville police officer. None of the officers were directly charged in the Grand Rapids native’s death on March 13.

That former officer, Brett Hankinson, was charged with wanton endangerment.

Taylor’s cousin Tawanna Gordon said there was negligence on the part of police on the night of her death, even though Taylor’s boyfriend fired at officers first.

“[The officers] didn’t stop once after a few shots to see if they were still firing at them,” Gordon said.

Gordon and many others are fed up with police shootings that have ended in the deaths of Black people.

“It’s just one Black life after the next and it hasn’t stopped,” Gordon said. “It just seems like it’s increased and our lives matter. But today they told us that they did not, as they have always told us in this country.”

“Our family is grieving all over again,” Gordon continued. “We are not surprised, but we definitely still had hope that they would do the right thing.”

Watch the full interview: