Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, blasted the Louisville chapter of Black Lives Matter this week, describing the group as a "fraud."
What are the details?
Palmer targeted the Black Lives Matter chapter in a Facebook post on Wednesday along with Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott (D) for exploiting Taylor's death to raise money or advance policy initiatives.
I think it's crazy when people say they've been here since day 1, let me be clear Christopher 2x, The Montgomery family (Angie, Cheri, TiJuan & Craig) is the one and only day one's not to mention Breonna's friends and family but they've never needed Recognition immediately following is Until Freedom… I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud, Attica Scott another fraud, Then There's the people at injustice Square a.k.a. BREEWAYY who has been 100 and held it down but that doesn't go to say everyone down there but they know who they are & also never needed recognition…I could walk in a room full of people who claim to be here for Breonna's family who don't even know who I am, I've watched y'all raise money on behalf of Breonna's family who has never done a damn thing for us nor have we needed it or asked so Talk about fraud. It's amazing how many people have lost focus Smdh. I'm a say this before I go I'm so sick of some of y'all and I was last anybody who needs it I'm with this s*** enough is enough!!!
Palmer has since deleted the post after it generated significant attention on social media.
Regarding Scott, the Democratic lawmaker is responsible for legislation that would ban no-knock warrants in Kentucky. Scott has described the bill as "Breonna's Law."
Taylor was killed in March 2020 when her boyfriend engaged in a shootout with police who were serving a warrant at his apartment. The warrant was initially approved to be a "no-knock" warrant, which would have permitted officers to enter the property without announcing themselves, but the New York Times later reported the warrant was changed to a "knock and announce" warrant prior to the raid.
What was the response?
Palmer's post triggered a response from Tamika Mallory, one of the founding members of Black Lives Matter.
Because Palmer deleted her orginial post, Mallory's response was also deleted. However, the Daily Wire preserved Mallory's complete reply.
It really saddens me that you have to deal with all of this and I wish I could just ignore all the lies and slander. What I know is that history will record what is written and said about our efforts and we must ALL be careful and truthful. When people say Until Freedom cheated people, that hurts. We sacrificed a lot just like everyone else. Our families have suffered as a result of our time there. And we didn't take anything from anyone. WE GAVE AND GAVE AND GAVE AND GAVE AND GAVE. Because it was the the [sic] right thing to do and because we know we had the privilege of visibility which afforded us resources. And we continue to give to this day. So I cannot sit back and allow the work of my team and all those who traveled back and forth from around the country to support our work to be slandered. Not by people who know better…those who lie to make themselves look like they did things they did not do. It is our job to protect the integrity of our work and our organization. And we will do that.
Aside from what I just stated, the other truth is we are just tired of the bs. We have done the Michelle Obama "go high" thing. That doesn't work all the times. So now if you swing and lie, we're swinging back. I don't care if people say we're ugly, dumb, wack…that's all cool. But you won't get away with lying on our work.
Tamika, I'm sorry that people keep saying you don't know what happened and that you don't know who was helping and that you don't know what needed to be done. I'm sorry that people are sharing the lies of a person who claims you and your family helped the police and plotted against your child. It's sick. Those people never sat with you one time. From day one you were keenly aware of everything and you knew exactly what you needed. These people are hypocrites because they like to use "what the mother said" in other situations and trust if you were calling me out, they would be the main ones sharing everywhere that "Tamika Palmer, the MOTHER, or Breonna Taylor said…" smh it's actually sad[.]
There are many who contributed and continue to work on brining justice to your family and they should all be honored, honestly.
The officers involved in the raid that resulted in Taylor's death were not charged for killing her. Two have been fired, while one was charged with wanton endangerment for firing shots into an apartment adjacent to the one were Taylor was killed.
Last September, the city of Louisville agreed to a $12 million settlement with Taylor's family.