One of these cases is that of Breonna Taylor, who died in her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky six months ago.
Black Lives Matter supporters have been rallying for justice over Breonna's death during the recent global protests, with many bearing her name on signs and celebrities sharing illustrations of the 26-year-old on social media.
Though Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck has been charged and is awaiting trial for second-degree murder and manslaughter, justice has not been achieved. Not for Floyd and certainly not for Breonna, whose death had until recently gone unpunished.
The most recent development is that the police force has agreed to pay a settlement to her family over Breonna's death, here's everything else to know about the case.
Who Was Breonna Taylor?
Breonna was a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as a medical technician in the A&E department of two local hospitals. She previously worked in the same role for the City and hoped to have a long career in healthcare, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.
'She had a whole plan on becoming a nurse and buying a house and then starting a family. Breonna had her head on straight, and she was a very decent person,' Breonna's mother Tamika Palmer told the local newspaper after her death. 'She didn't deserve this.'
She had a boyfriend who she lived with in the city, Kenneth Walker.
What happened to Breonna Taylor?
On March 13, three officers stormed into the apartment that Breonna and Kenneth shared just after midnight. The warrant that they were in possession of is known as a 'no knock warrant' meaning that the officers could enter the property without declaring themselves as police (according to the Journal, officers say they declared themselves but this has been disputed by neighbours and witnesses).
The couple were reportedly in bed, and got up at the sound of people entering the house. The police say that Walker fired a gunshot injuring a police officer in the leg.
The police fired several shots during their attendance at the apartment, shooting Breonna eight times.
The accounts of what happened vary greatly, depending on whether it's the police's or witness' statements. According to The New York Times, the police say they were 'immediately met with gunfire' so shot back.
Walker - who family and lawyers say was licensed to carry a gun - says he shot in self-defence because he didn't know it was police who had entered his house and thought it was an intruder. A panicked Walker can be heard tearfully calling 911, and saying 'somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,' in a recording released by the family's lawyers. Walker was arrested for shooting an officer, but the charges were dropped weeks later.
According to reports, neither Breonna nor Walker were named as a person of interest in the drugs crime the police were investigating. Their property was listed on a search warrant on suspicion of being a place used by another suspect to receive and store drugs (the family's suit say the suspect was also already in custody, questioning the need to raid the couple's flat). No drugs were found on their property and neither Breonna nor Walker had any previous convictions.
The Latest Developments In The Case Of Breonna Taylor
On September 15th, lawyers for Breonna's family confirmed that the police have said they will pay $12 million (£9.3m) to the family over the 26-year-old's death, roughly six months after she was killed.
According to the BBC, the family lawyer Lonita Baker said the fight for justice for Breonna was 'multi-layered' and the agreed settlement is just one faction of that. The settlement also includes some police reform measures.
'Today what we did here was to do what we could do to bring a little bit of police reform and it's just a start,' Baker told a press conference. 'But we finished the first mile in the marathon and we've got a lot more miles to go to until we achieve and cross that finish line.'
Included in this marathon is a fight for criminal charges to be levied against the officers involved in the incident, with Breonna's mother stressing she will continue to fight for this and asked supporters to continue saying her daughter's name out loud.
'As significant as today is, it's only the beginning in getting full justice for Breonna,' Palmer told the conference. 'We must not lose focus on what the real drive is.'
As far as previous updates in the case go, on June 24, Louisville police announced that one of the officers involved in the incident which saw Breonna lose her life, Detective Brett Hankinson has been fired from the force.
The letter to Hankinson was shared on Twitter, explaining to him that he had violated police codes when he shot Breonna multiple times, saying his actions 'displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life'.
But, protesters, activists and the family of Breonna (her mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit) say this is not enough. There were three officers involved and none of them have been charged.
Earlier developments include a 'Breonna's law' being passed outlawing the use of 'no knock' police raids in Louisville.
Breonna's death is also being investigated by the FBI. The governor of Kentucky has also ordered a review.
Celebrities Have Been Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor
Many celebrities have paid tribute to Breonna and expressed their outrage over the lack of action over her death, which now happened three months ago.
Beyoncé has wrote an open letter to the Attorney General in Kentucky, shared on her website, saying the police's investigation has left 'more questions than answers' and called for arrests of the three officers, a commitment to a transparent investigation and investigation into the police's response to Breonna's death as well as the 'pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens'.
Jennifer Lawrence, who also comes from Louisville, made a rare statement on social media calling for action over Breonna's death too.
June 5th should have been Breonna's 27th birthday, so on that day thousands of people and celebrities paid tribute to the ER technician on social media including Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Katie Holmes, Gabrielle Union, Hailey Bieber, Emma Watson and many more.
How Can I Help?
There are existing petitions you can sign to demand justice for Breonna, like this one on Change.org or Colour of Change as well as heeding the advice of Beyoncé, Lawrence and more by writing a letter to Kentucky's Attorney General demanding action. In the UK, you can write to your MP asking them about their support of Black Lives Matter and seeking justice for Breonna and other victims.
There are also UK and US based charities and organisations that fight against institutional racism, police brutality and supporting Black communities, of which you can find a list here.
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