Breonna Taylor was accidentally shot dead by police in her Kentucky apartment last year. Now her mother, Tamika Palmer, has lashed out at the national BLM co-founder after it was revealed she owns a $3 million empire of four homes. She called the BLM, which sought justice in her daughter’s name, a fraud. Palmer also slammed state Democrat Rep. Attica Scott, who has continued to campaign for legislation to prohibit “no-knock” warrants in Kentucky. Palmer’s daughter Breonna was shot and killed during a no-knock raid on her apartment.
”I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud, Attica Scott another fraud,” Palmer wrote in a Facebook post earlier this week. The post was removed from Facebook early Saturday, though it’s unclear why or by whom.
Palmer criticized people who raised funds on behalf of her daughter’s family without ever meeting her or Taylor. “I’ve watched ya’ll raise money on behalf of Breonna’s family who has never done a damn thing for us … talk about fraud,” Palmer wrote. “I could walk into a room full of people who claim to be here for Breonna’s family who don’t even know who I am … I’m so sick of some of y’all … I’m done with this s##t enough is enough.”
According to reports, Detective Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove, the officers involved in Taylor’s murder, have not been charged. The Louisville Police Department fired both of them. Following a wrongful death lawsuit, the city of Louisville awarded Taylor’s family $12 million in September of last year.
On the night of the shooting, Louisville Police were looking for two men they suspected of trafficking drugs from a home not far from Taylor’s. They carried out a search warrant signed by a judge, authorizing them to search Taylor’s apartment because police suspected one of the men had used it to receive packages.
Police used a battering ram to force the door of Taylor’s apartment off its hinges. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot striking Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh. Walker said he feared the loud pounding at the door was Taylor’s ex-boyfriend attempting to break-in.
Police returned fire, hitting Taylor five times.
The Courier-Journal of Louisville confirmed, citing dispatch logs, that Taylor did not receive medical attention for more than 20 minutes after she was shot.
Palmer took a more gracious stance on Black Lives Matter last month. In an interview with NBC. Palmer expressed her gratitude to the Black Lives Matter demonstrators for keeping Taylor’s memory alive and demanding justice in her name. ”There are so many people who never knew her, but they heard about her and came to stand up for her because what happened to her wasn’t right—I can never thank you enough,” Palmer began tearfully.
BLM was founded in 2013 in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal for shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black man. Cullors’ co-founders have quit the movement, and last summer, she became the chief of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the national organization that oversees the loosely organized movement’s local chapters. The local chapters have complained that Cullors was hired as executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation against their wishes and without their consent, making her leadership unconstitutional.
Last year, Black Lives Matter raked in about $90 million in contributions, but it does not have a detailed accounting of its expenditures. The organization said Cullors has been paid $120,000 since 2013 but has not received any payment since 2019.
Khan-Cullors was accused of profiting from the Black Lives Matter protests by others on social media. She took advantage of the tag, “Injustice Against Black People.”
Not only that. Why is she getting rich off BLM movement? Shouldn’t this money be going to black neighbourhoods and struggling black families?
— •FATE• (@meloncollie46) April 9, 2021
However, there is growing concern that the revolution, which has sparked protests around the country, has not invested its vast wealth with the black community. Last month, Michael Brown’s father insisted that BLM pay him $20 million for his son’s 2014 shooting by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, which sparked the 2016 riots.
What is Black Lives Matter doing with all the money they’re accumulating if not helping their local chapters and Black-owned businesses to advance?
They seem to be fundraising for the sake of fundraising.
All talk, all woke. https://t.co/8KSKvJHoq3
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) March 4, 2021
Similarly, BLM chapters around the country have requested greater accountability from the group’s unified umbrella organization.
Given the devastation BLM has wreaked around the country in recent months, you can only imagine how nasty the group’s internal feuding will get.