Tamika Palmer expresses gratitude to the professional basketball players who have amplified her daughter Breonna Taylor’s story.
In an interview with TMZ on Tuesday, Palmer praised the NBA and WNBA for shining a spotlight on Taylor — who was fatally shot on March 13 when cops Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove entered her Kentucky residence on a no-knock search warrant in plainclothes.
“Everyone raising their voices for justice are what keeps this family going each day,” Palmer told the outlet.
“What is being done by the NBA and the WNBA is amazing. Now it’s time for the attorney general to listen, to charge everyone responsible for Bree’s murder, and to get overdue justice,” she added. “Bree should be with us. The world was a better place with her.”
Family lawyer Lonita Baker also told TMZ that over the weekend, Palmer got on a Zoom call with over 30 NBA players, who discussed how they can use their platform to raise awareness for Taylor’s case.
Reportedly, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul told Palmer that players were considering not playing this season to bringing attention to social justice issues.
Per a recent press release, the WNBA announced that during a weekend of competition later this month, teams will wear jerseys honoring Taylor as well as other women of color, such as Sandra Bland and Vanessa Guillen, who unjustly lost their lives.
Earlier this month, NBA stars including Jaylen Brown and Tobias Harris have used their social media pages to pressure Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron into charging the police officers involved in Taylor’s death.
Daniel Cameron has the authority to arrest all participating officers— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) July 19, 2020
On June 23, Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department for firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment.
However, he and the other two officers have yet to be charged or arrested for Breonna’s killing.