The judgement on the Breonna Taylor case was announced on Wednesday by the Kentucky grand jury. Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was killed by the officers of Louisville Metro Police Department on the night of 13th March. The narcotic officers invaded and raided her apartment in search of hidden drugs using the “no-knock” warrant that permits the police to enter a house without warning (which has been banned now). Breonna and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were asleep at the time and woke up hearing the commotion. Kenneth, a licensed gun holder fearing someone was trying to break in, fired one shot that hit a police officer. The other two officers, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove fired more than 20 rounds at them, which resulted in the death of Breonna in her own hallway. Neither Breonna nor her boyfriend had a history of drug offences. The officers searched her apartment because of her ex-boyfriend who was part of a drug circle and suspected he might have hidden something in her apartment.
On Wednesday, Brett Hankison who was fired in June has been charged only on felony charges of three counts of “wanton endangerment” on firing at her neighbours and the other two, none. The Kentucky Grand Jury did not find Hankison or the other two officers criminally liable for Breonna’s death. State Attorney General, Daniel Cameron said the investigations were thorough. He added that, “If we simply act on emotion or outrage, there is no justice. Mob justice is not justice.”
Ben Crump, Taylor’s family lawyer condemned the verdict “outrageous and offensive”. Angry and emotional protesters took to the streets bellowing “No justice, no peace”. They also showed up at the “Injustice Square” with cases of water and some even started making food. Police blocked the street and even handcuffed people.
Protestors across the US are demanding justice for many black people killed due to police brutality including Taylor & Floyd.