Blind Justice: Breonna Taylor Shooting Indictment


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Kathy Karagiannis – News Writer

Louisville, KY- Moments after the Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against two of the Louisville police for the death of Breonna Taylor, protestors then took the streets Wednesday night. Many activists expressed their continued anger over the killings of several Black lives taken in the hands of police.

Ms. Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was fatally shot by police in her Kentucky apartment March 13, 2020. After six months, the grand jury delivered the long- awaited answer to the public on the consequences the officers will face that were involved with her death.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron states that the two officers who fired their weapons at Ms. Taylor, were justified due to their beliefs of using force to protect themselves after the gunfire faced from her boyfriend. A search warrant was granted upon a judge to search Ms. Taylor’s home due to the suspicion investigators have on her boyfriend, a convicted drug dealer of whom was using her address to receive packages to her home.

After Wednesday deliberations, the jury charged only one of the officers, Brett Hankinson, with three counts of wanton endangerment for shots that hit a neighboring home. Kentucky law enforcement explains that this charge is to be an “extreme indifference to the value of human life.” Mr. Hawkinson was fired from the police force in June and holds a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

A panel was drawn from members of the public to determine whether there is enough evidence to pursue prosecution, then later rejected by the grand jury. The relatives of Ms. Taylor, along with other activists, call for the three officers to be charged with murder or manslaughter.

Taylor’s case, as many others, has become a touchstone nationwide on continuing to draw the attention of racism and the demand of police reform.