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Pekin progressives call for justice, change a year after Breonna Taylor’s death

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PEKIN (HOI) -- A group of Pekin progressives commemorated the one-year mark since Breonna Taylor's death with a demonstration at Mineral Springs Park.

Nicholis Hall helped organize the rally. He says the reason they're all gathered is to advocate for the end of no-knock warrants, the end of qualified immunity for law enforcement, and justice for Taylor in the form of prosecution of the officers responsible for killing her.

He says there was a special reason they chose Mineral Springs Park for the demonstration.

"We chose this location because this is the cite where every year Pekin honors Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen for his role during the civil rights era for passing the 1964 and 1968 civil rights act and the voting rights act of 1965," Hall said.

Taylor's life was just one of several taken at the hands of police last year, including George Floyd, that set off a massive criminal justice reform movement nationwide.

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