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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, and the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network, released the following statements on the indictments of Brett Hankison in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, who faces three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into neighbors’ apartments.
“No charge could bring Breonna Taylor back, but justice and progress require full accountability for those responsible for her death,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “Today, no one was held accountable for killing Breonna Taylor. Today’s indictment reflects the longstanding barriers to reducing police violence in America, and it’s more proof that the current systems are set up to fail Black communities.”
“Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” said Henrietta Dean, a volunteer with the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action. “We stand with the community and will support them as they continue this fight. Until we can ensure that what happened to Breonna will never happen again, we have to keep fighting to protect Black lives from gun violence.”
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