One Officer Indicted In Breonna Taylor Case; No Direct Charges For Death

( – A grand jury in Kentucky indicted former police officer Brett Hankison in the Breonna Taylor case on Wednesday, September 23, but Hankison was not charged for her March 13 shooting death. Hankinson was indicted for shooting into an occupied home next door to Taylor’s.

The grand jury charged Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment. Prosecutors did not charge two of the three officers involved in a narcotics raid on Taylor’s home for firing their weapons in self-defense.

“Today’s indictment is outrageous and offensive to Breonna Taylor’s memory, yet another example of no accountability for police,” Ben Crump, lawyer for Taylor’s family, tweeted on Wednesday.

Louisville mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency in response to the indictment, citing concerns over potential “civil unrest.”

Fischer enacted a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. through Friday night. Movement in downtown is restricted and police officers may not take off work.

Taylor, an emergency medical technician and unarmed black woman, and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were sleeping in the apartment when three white police officers entered on a no-knock warrant.

The police officers involved said they announced themselves and their intent to search the home. Taylor’s family contests this, saying the officers did not announce themselves.

Taylor was shot multiple times. The warrant was connected to a suspect who did not live at Taylor’s address. No drugs were found or seized inside the home.

Taylor’s case gained national attention alongside that of George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer in Minnesota this May. The events sparked nationwide protests, riots, and calls for both police reform and defunding police departments.

The case is still under investigation by the FBI for possible federal violations connected to the raid.

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