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Louisville Police Declare State of Emergency ‘In Anticipation’ of Announcement in Breonna Taylor Case

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*The Louisville Metro Police Department is currently under a state of emergency “in anticipation” of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case.

Taylor, 26, was shot eight times while sleeping in her bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13. 

Three undercover Louisville officers, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, conducted an improper raid when they burst into Taylor’s home and fired at least 22 times, with bullets going into neighboring apartments, and “it was incredible that Mrs. Taylor was the only one killed,” said Rob Eggert, Walker’s defense attorney.

Taylor was shot several times and died. One officer involved in her death was fired, the other two remain on the police force. 

As we previously reported, Taylor’s family will receive a $12 million settlement from the city over their wrongful death suit.

READ MORE:  Info Regarding the Breonna Taylor $12 Million Settlement with City of Louisville Released

Sources told WAVE 3 News that the payout is “one of the largest settlements following an officer-involved shooting in Louisville police history.” The financial payment also comes with a series of police reforms, including that commanders must approve all search warrants in advance. 

The settlement is in response to a wrongful death lawsuit that Taylor’s family filed against the city and its police department back in April  

Both the FBI and the Kentucky state authorities are investigating Taylor’s death, and neither has announced any s preliminary findings.

The state of emergency suggests police officials are expecting an hostile response from the public.

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Misty Copeland: Ballet is Listening after George Floyd

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*Ballerina Misty Copeland says her profession has to evolve along with the world’s racial reckoning or else it will cease to exist.

“As the world is changing, as it grows more diverse, if the ballet world doesn’t evolve with it, then it’s going to die,” Copeland told reporter Jenna Adae.

The first black woman to become the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre said that after George Floyd’s death and the focus on Black Lives Matter, for the first time in her 20-year career, people are starting to believe her when she says the lack of diversity within the global ballet industry is a problem.

“There’s so many communities that are not going to support an art form that they feel doesn’t want them to be a part of it,” she says.

Watch her full interview below or HERE.

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Georgia Voter Removed From Poll Line for Wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shirt (Watch)

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*It should be no surprise that in Forsyth County, Georgia, a man wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt to his local polling place was pulled out of the early voting line.

“When the poll worker stopped me in line, I was really kind of shocked, but I thought alright here we go, so I pulled out my phone and started recording,” explains Zach Arias.

The poll worker told Arias that his BLM attire violated a law that forbids candidate campaign material beyond a certain point.

“Black Lives Matter is not on the ballot, it’s not a party, it’s not a slogan of any person on the ballot so I was well within my rights to wear my shirt,” Arias said.

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In 1987, Oprah Winfrey famously took her show to Forsythe County, where no Black person had lived for 75 years. She wanted to hear out the county’s white residents, some of whom argued they should be able to keep blacks from moving into their communities.

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BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza is Target of Planned Attack by Idaho White Supremacist

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*Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza was the target of a hate-fueled attack planned by a white supremacist in Idaho. 

Garza’s name was reportedly on a long list of activists and political leaders that was found at the home of the man who the FBI apprehended earlier this month. 

“The FBI visited my house today. They arrested a man in Idaho on weapons charges who they believe was affiliated with white supremacist groups. They found my name on a list in his home, alongside others,” she tweeted.

“This is why this president is so dangerous. He is stoking fires he has no intention of controlling.”

READ MORE: Trump Tells Violent White Supremacist Group ‘Proud Boys’ to ‘Stand Back and Stand By’

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, President Donald Trump has been accused of encouraging racist attacks. He even made reference to the white supreacist group Proud Boys during a debate with Joe Biden. 

“Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by,” he said when asked to denounce white supremacy.

“I’m ok, y’all, but this shit is not ok. Vote this muthaf—– out. For real,” Garza tweeted. 

Meanwhile, Garza’s soon-to-be released book, “The Purpose of Power,” details her path to activism. During an interview with “Sunday Morning” contributor Mark Whitaker about her book, she was asked about criticism that Black Lives Matter is simply a social media movement. 

Garza responded, “The story of movements is not about how many people follow you on social media. It’s about how many people will step forward. And you can have a million followers on Twitter and not get one person to step forward and take action!”

“So, is the leader or the founder of one of the most famous social media movements of the modern era telling us that social media isn’t everything?” asked Whitaker.

“Well, I can tell you, as the founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, which is now considered to be the largest protest movement in history, that hashtags do not start movements. People do.”

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