Breonna Taylor: One officer charged – but not over the fatal shooting

A police officer has been indicted following the death of Breonna Taylor in March – but not on charges directly linked to her being shot.
Of the three officers involved, Brett Hankison was the only one to be indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment – after he fired his gun into neighbouring apartments.

Neither the grand jury or the presiding judge gave further details on the charges.
Campaigner Linda Sarsour, of Until Freedom, tweeted: “Justice has NOT been served.
“Rise UP. All across this country. Everywhere. Rise up for #BreonnaTaylor.”

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Ms Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was woken from her bed before being shot several times after police burst into her Kentucky apartment at night using a so-called “no-knock” arrest warrant that did not require them to announce themselves.

Police typically use them in drug cases over concerns that evidence could be destroyed if they announce their arrival.

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Image: Breonna Taylor was a qualified EMT. Pic: Family handout
The warrant used, however, was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside the home.
The use of no-knock warrants has since been banned by Louisville’s Metro Council.
Ms Taylor’s death sparked months of protests in Louisville and across the US, with the demonstrations intensified by the high-profile killings of other unarmed African Americans by police, such as George Floyd in Minneapolis and Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York.

Image: Breonna Taylor’s death sparked months of protests
Before the decision, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) declared a “state of emergency”, with all holiday and leave cancelled and officers expected to work 12-hour shifts.
Federal buildings in downtown Louisville were also closed, according to local news station WAVE 3.
Last week, the city of Louisville settled a lawsuit from Ms Taylor’s family for $12m (£9.4m) and pledged several police reforms as part of the agreement.

Source : Sky News