KENTUCKY — A Change.org petition calling for justice for Breonna Taylor has reached over 3 million signatures.
The petition, started by law student Loralei HoJay, follows Taylor's death in March when the 26-year old was shot in her apartment while police executed a "no-knock" warrant. Along with others such as George Floyd and Ahmaud Abery, Taylor's death has sparked protests in Louisville and across the nation.
"We need to ensure that this is the just, fair country that we all know that it can be," said Hojay in a video she released about the petition. "Our greatest asset as citizens is in our people power."
A number of celebrities have signed and shared the petition, such as Usher, Solange Knowles, Janelle Monae, Anna Paquin, and the Sacramento Kings NBA team.
“We unite in solidarity with signers, petition starters, our members and Black colleagues,” said Nick Allardice, acting CEO of Change.org. “We join their call for justice and accountability. The lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor and so many more mattered. Black lives matter.”
The petition lists several demands, including the arrest of all officers involved in Breonna's death, payment from LMPD to Taylor's family for wrongful death and negligence, a statement from Gov. Andy Beshear (D) in support of Taylor, appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate LMPD, and an end to no-knock warrants through federal legislation.
The usage of no-knock warrants has already been questioned in Louisville with the Metro Council Public Safety Committee unanimously passing a ‘Breonna’s Law’ proposal June 3 which severely limits and monitors the use of no-knock warrants. The proposal will go to the full Metro Council for a vote June 11.
Change.org hosts a number of viral petitions seeking justice for others such as the petition for George Floyd which currently has over 15 million signatures, the largest in Change.org history.
Loralei is hosting a virtual protest June 5, what would have been Breonna Taylor's 27th birthday, and urging supporters to make phone calls, send emails and tweet at public officials, including Beshear and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R).