ELSMERE, Ky. — The reaction of the settlement between Breonna Taylor’s family and the City of Louisville has spread to all corners of the Commonwealth, including Northern Kentucky.
“This is something that we live every day,” said Chris Brown, a community advocate.
Brown said the fight is not over.
“Once I heard the settlement of $12 million, I initially thought. 'Okay for her family.' I think they deserve that and $20 more million really to add to it, because I don’t think, because, you can put a price tag on her life,” Brown said. "But then I thought the sad part of it is Breonna can’t spend a dime of it and why can’t she spend a dime of it, the injustice that happened to her.”
Brown said the civil restitution does not equal justice. It’s a step forward, but she is hoping to see criminal action.
“At this point, I feel like with the restitution and with the firing of the one officer, the admission of guilt is there,” Brown said.
All attention is now on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office.
“What I’m really waiting on is to see if Daniel Cameron is going to do the right thing and bring charges against those officers,” Brown said.
Cameron will soon present his findings on Breonna Taylor’s death to a grand jury.
“We want indictments, charges, would like to see a fair and just trial and we’d like to see some convictions to happen,” Brown said. “I don’t think that anybody that I've spoken to that has been dealing with this movement that was sparked as a result of the loss of her life and George Floyd. I don’t think anybody thinks that this means the fight is over.”
Until that time, Brown is asking to continue saying Breonna Taylor’s name.
The community advocate also shared a call to action to vote in the upcoming elections to bring about change.