24 September 2020 - Police officers not charged for killing Breonna Taylor
Police officers not charged for killing Breonna Taylor
A Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong, with prosecutors saying Wednesday that two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves.
The only charges brought by the grand jury were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor’s neighbors’ homes during the raid on the night of March 13. The FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law in the case.
Why no officers were directly charged for Breonna Taylor's death
(The Washington Post, 23/09/2020)
Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron (R) revealed details of the investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor. Only one officer was charged, however, it was not for the shooting of Taylor.
Two officers shot during protests over grand jury decision not to charge Louisville cops with killing Breonna Taylor
Ray Sanchez, Elizabeth Joseph and Steve Almasy (CNN, 24/09/2020)
Two Louisville police officers were shot Wednesday night as protesters marched following news that only one of the three officers involved in Breonna Taylor's death was indicted on first-degree wanton endangerment charges.
The other two officers who also fired shots during the botched March raid were not indicted, meaning no officer was charged with killing the 26-year-old Black emergency room technician and aspiring nurse.
Shortly before a 9 p.m. ET countywide curfew, there were reports of gunfire near one of the marches. Two of the responding officers were shot and had non-life-threatening wounds, Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder told reporters. A suspect was in custody, he added.
Democrats decry Kentucky AG decision on Breonna Taylor as an example of systemic injustice
Chelsea Janes (The Washington Post, 24/09/2020)
Top Democrats decried the decision by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) to charge only one officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s shooting, and not for her death, calling it another example of the systemic injustice faced by Black Americans.
“Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor. Breonna Taylor,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) interrupted as a previously planned segment on MSNBC wrapped up Wednesday afternoon. “Say her name.”