‘Not justice’: Anger in Louisville after Breonna Taylor charges – By Chris Kenning, Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath (Al Jazeera) / Sept 24 2020
Two police officers shot after grand jury decides not to pursue murder or manslaughter charge in 26-year-old’s death.
Louisville, Kentucky – Demonstrators and activists in Louisville, Kentucky, have promised to continue their fight for justice after a grand jury decided not to indict any of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, on murder charges.
Chanting, “Say her name” and “No justice, no peace”, hundreds of protesters on Wednesday took to the streets of Louisville, where a state of emergency was declared ahead of the grand jury announcement.
While the panel brought no charges for Taylor’s killing, it did indict former officer Brett Hankison on three counts of “wanton endangerment”, accusing him of blindly firing into her neighbours’ apartments. Each count carries a jail term of up to five years.
Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and Officer Myles Cosgrove, who also fired their weapons, were not charged.