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UK student-activist vows to continue push for change following results of grand jury report

Posted at 6:56 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 19:19:56-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Since Breonna Taylor's death in March, University of Kentucky senior and head of UK's Black Lives Matter movement, Khari Gardner, has been watching the case closely.

"My expectations were low, and the low expectations were met so I have to move on and keep pushing for lasting equity inclusion on campus and our community," Gardner said.

The officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor will not face homicide charges. Only one of the officers, Brett Hankison is being charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. These counts involve Taylor's neighbors, not what happened at her home.

"It disappoints me, but it doesn't stop me. It doesn't prevent me to keep going," Gardner said. "It only fuels me more to just keep pushing for change no matter what Daniel Cameron does or what the grand jury did. No matter what anybody does l still know that I have to make a change in my community to keep pushing."

Gardner says even though he is disappointed, his thoughts and prayers are with Breonna's family.

"I stand in solidarity with them, we are going to keep working to honor her memory," he said. "I haven't forgotten her name every day since it happened and I'm going to keep pushing UK to honor her memory."

Gardner is planning more demonstrations on campus and said the best way to keep Taylor's memory alive is by continuing to fight for racial equality.