AUSTIN (KXAN) — Outside the steps of Austin’s City Hall Saturday, a couple hundred protestors gathered for the “March 4 | Stand 4 Breonna” rally, organized by the Austin Justice Coalition, Austin Trans Leadership and Black Pride.
Saturday’s protest brought by music and colorful dancing demanded action in the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police.
“I think Austin can be an example for the world, because we have the will and want to be better,” said Chas Moore, Austin Justice Coalition Director.
Earlier this week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the city will pay $12 million to the Taylor family, a historic civil lawsuit settlement. But activists and supporters say a payout isn’t enough for the 26-year-old EMT who was killed during a no-knock warrant — Taylor’s home was also the wrong address where officers were intended to go.
“None of the officers involved including the one who fired the fatal shot have been arrested or charged, that’s not right,” said Anna Nguyen, a Saturday Protestor.
A main focus of the movement for Breonna Taylor is for the officers involved in her death to be charged and arrested, in addition to overall police reform.
Their shouts for justice were heard all over the Austin-area. A second planned gathering happened at the Pan American Neighborhood Park.
Moore says this all comes down to one thing even more powerful than policy makers.
“City Council, the governor…these systems can do so much, but it’s really us that have to be willing to change,” said Moore.
The event featured speeches from families who say they have experienced police violence in Austin, in addition to registration to vote.