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Activists in Memphis hold third night of Breonna Taylor protests

Activist Devante Hill led a small group of protesters downtown Memphis Friday night.

MEMPHIS, Tennessee — A group of protesters made their voices heard Friday evening in downtown Memphis. It was the third night of protests since the Kentucky ruling in the case of Breonna Taylor. About a dozen people showed up and said they want systemic change and police reform.  

Friday night’s group was led by activist Devante Hill, who spearheaded large protests in the city after the death of George Floyd.   

“Our social climate has found itself back in the same posture that we were just in this summer," said Hill. "Just another implication that black lives need to be advocated for.”

This one was noticeably smaller.  

“We can’t be excited about whether 20 people or 200 people show up," commented Hill. "We can’t be exited about if there’s one protester against this protester. We can’t be excited about that. We can’t be distracted. That’s going to take us away from what the goal really is and the goal really is real systemic change.”

Protesters shouted “Breonna Taylor” and held signs saying “Don’t Kill, Think." 

A Kentucky grand jury decided not to directly charge any of the three officers who shot at and killed 26-year-old Taylor inside her apartment in March.    

“Now is the time to make sure that we’re keeping the momentum going, keeping the name of Breonna Taylor alive until not only justice is served but the historic change in police reform, and reimaging police that we really need to see in this country, until it happens.”