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Vancouver car rally honors Breonna Taylor

Strive Clark County event draws 20 vehicles

By , Columbian staff writer
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Around 20 vehicles gathered near the old Bethesda Church in Vancouver on Thursday evening to call for justice for Breonna Taylor.

The event was organized by Strive Clark County in conjunction with Ridgefield Freedom of Assembly.

“After the information came out about the Breonna Taylor case, (we thought) we should do something to show support and outrage,” said Jazlyn Faulstick, one of the Strive organizers.

“I think people are feeling like they won’t forget about Breonna Taylor,” added John Tudor, one of the founders of the Ridgefield group. “We’re not going to let this die.”

Participants decorated their vehicles with signs and temporary paint:

“JUSTICE FOR BREONNA”

“BLACK LIVES MATTER”

“STOP THE LYNCHING”

The parade of cars hit the road around 6:30 p.m., driving slowly west on East Mill Plain Boulevard before convening at the Clark County District Court building in downtown Vancouver.

“We couldn’t not be here,” said Crystal Winkel, a Vancouver resident who learned about the event on the Facebook page for the Vancouver branch of the NAACP.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot and killed in her home by three officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department during a botched raid six months ago.

The Kentucky attorney general announced Wednesday that the officers involved would not be charged in her death — one was instead indicted on wanton endangerment, a far less serious charge —  and the news sparked widespread national protest.

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