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Over 100 march in protest of Breonna Taylor decision in downtown Colorado Springs Sunday

They made stops outside Colorado Springs Police Operations Center and El Paso County Courthouse
Colorado Springs Breonna Taylor march
Posted at 8:57 PM, Sep 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 08:01:33-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — After a few quiet weeks, protesters again took to the streets in downtown Colorado Springs Sunday afternoon.

It's all in response to the recent grand jury decision in Kentucky in which no police officers were charged in the death of Louisville woman Breonna Taylor.

The group of over 100 protesters set off at city hall around 3 p.m. and made several laps around downtown.

They made stops outside the Colorado Springs Police Operations Center, as well as the El Paso County Courthouse before returning to city hall Sunday evening.

Even though they live over a thousand miles away, the protesters say they believe what happened in the Breonna Taylor case could influence things across the country.

"What was done to Breonna Taylor was a gross injustice in our system," protester Autumn Carter-Wallace said.

Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville police officers who served a search warrant at her home in March.

Taylor's boyfriend has said that he thought the officers were intruders and fired a warning shot. The officers returned fire, shooting Taylor several times, and she died in the hallway of her apartment.

A grand jury announced Wednesday that none of the three officers involved in the police killing of Breonna Taylor will be indicted on homicide charges, including murder or manslaughter.

Instead, one of the officers, Brett Hankison, is being charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into the apartments of Taylor's neighbors.

"I was expecting it. It was something that was like oh wow, OK," said one protester, who did not share his name.

The group of protesters in Colorado Springs had been ready to mobilize on the issue for some time.

"But we already had this event in the works waiting for the grand jury's decision on Breonna Taylor," Carter-Wallace said.

Even though they live across the country from Louisville, they said it's worth it to make their voices heard.

"I think it's an issue everywhere. Because what affects one portion of this country is going to affect every portion of this country," Carter-Wallace said.

They're still hoping to see charges for the officers involved in Taylor's death.

"I want to see at the very least manslaughter," said the protester who did not give his name.

In the end, it's all part of a larger issue, a system the protesters say isn't working to serve everyone.

"There needs to be a complete restructure of our whole justice reform... not reform... a complete dismantle of what we have going on," the protester said.