Tensions ran high after the news that a grand jury proceeded to indict one former police detective on three charges of wanton endangerment in the murder of Breonna Taylor.
According to a police spokesman, 127 protestors were arrested in Louisville last night and this morning. During the protests, two police officers were shot and are said to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The police interim chief reports that a suspect is in custody for the shooting.
Following the announcement of the charges, Kentucky Attorney Daniel Cameron ( R ) took the stand to explain why the other officers involved in Taylor’s death, including the one who determined to have fired the fatal shot, were not indicted. Despite emotions running high, he said the state’s investigation determined the officers who shot Taylor were “justified” due to her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, firing the first shot.
He has since sued Louisville, recalling their version of events.
Ben Crump, an attorney for the Taylor family tells CNN that the decision made by the grand jury felt “like killing Breonna all over again.”
We truly are saddened, yet not surprised that justice for Breonna Taylor has still not been served. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her loved ones during this time.
(Original Story 9/23/20):
Another day, another case to show the world America has no regard for Black lives.
In the case of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT who was killed in her home by Louisville police, Detective Brett Hankison has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree by a grand jury.
The other two officers involved in Taylor’s murder will not be charged.
Ex-officer Brett Hankison is charged with wanton endangerment in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Two other police officers were not indicted. Follow live updates: https://t.co/i7YdKIr268 pic.twitter.com/24Y3q6TcTV
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 23, 2020
In preparation for the news, the city of Louisville has not only activated the National Guard, but a curfew set for the city tonight (Sept. 23). Just last week, the city of Louisville settled for millions with Taylor’s family in the case of her murder.
As countless Black people continue to be killed at the hands of police officers on a daily basis, the real question now is just how many more lives will it take before justice is served?
When will Black lives matter in the country we worked so tirelessly to help build?
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