(NewsReady.com) – City officials in Louisville, Kentucky, declared a state of emergency long before a grand jury issued an indictment in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman. Taylor, an EMT and aspiring nurse, died of multiple gunshot wounds sustained during a police raid on her apartment in March. Now, the case has just produced some indictments.
Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, announced the indictment during a Sept. 23 press conference. Brett Hankison, a former police detective, was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment.
Kentucky Attorney General announces grand jury indictment of former officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in the shooting case of Breonna Taylor. "My office is prepared to prove these charges in trial." https://t.co/34dGSCE74k pic.twitter.com/JI9A3il8Kd
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None of the charges related directly to the death of Taylor; instead, Hankison faces prosecution for firing rounds into a neighboring apartment. Two other officers involved in the incident were not indicted.
Tensions were elevated in the city as protesters listened to the announcement. However, hours later, local reporter Chad Mills tweeted the mood downtown remained “somber” and “quiet” as locals continued “processing the news.”
Let’s hope the situation remains calm and peaceful in Louisville over the coming days and weeks. Much of America is already being ravaged by rioting in the wake of George Floyd’s death while in police custody last May. It’s time for America to heal.
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