Breonna Taylor’s Mother Accuses Black Lives Matter of Exploiting Her Daughter’s Name

April 16, 2021 Updated: April 16, 2021

The mother of Breonna Taylor, a woman who was shot and killed by police officers last year, claimed that a local Black Lives Matter group in Louisville, Kentucky, and other activists have exploited her daughter’s death for political reasons and money.

Tamika Palmer on Wednesday wrote on Facebook to say that Taylor’s friends and family members are the only ones who have supported her since her daughter’s death.

“I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud,” she wrote.

She added: “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.”

Palmer also accused Rep. Attica Scott, a Democratic member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, of being “another fraud.”

“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,” Palmer added in the post. “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.” It’s not clear if Palmer is exactly referring to Black Lives Matter Louisville or Scott, or another group.

Black Lives Matter protesters
Black Lives Matter protesters march, in Louisville. Ky., on Sept. 25, 2020. (Darron Cummings/AP Photo)

The Epoch Times has contacted Black Lives Matter Louisville and Scott’s office for comment.

Scott launched efforts to try and ban no-knock police warrants in a bill that was named after Taylor. In April, Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed a less-restrictive bill that would limit the use of such warrants but didn’t outright ban them.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Louisville emergency medical technician studying to become a nurse, was shot multiple times in her home in March 2020 during a drug raid. Accounts differ between the officers and neighbors about whether police announced their presence before entering her apartment.

Lonita Baker, an attorney for Taylor’s family, told the Courier-Journal that the family is “very encouraged” after Beshear signed the measure.

Taylor’s death as well as the deaths of George Floyd and others sparked nationwide demonstrations and riots last summer.

In September, a grand jury indicted one of the officers on wanton endangerment charges. None of the officers involved were charged in connection to Taylor’s death, coming after Attorney General Daniel Cameron recommended no charges against the officers.