BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death.

The jury announced that fired Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid of Taylor’s home on the night of March 13.

Immediately after the announcement, people were expressing frustration that the grand jury did not do more. Sen. Ed Markey, of Massachusetts, called the news a “grave and shameful injustice.”

“Police murdered Breonna Taylor while she was asleep in her own home,” he tweeted. “Today, our justice system decided that these officers will not be held accountable. This is a grave and shameful injustice.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference that “there has to be more transparency when incidents like this occur.”

“I stand with those that demand justice for Breonna. We must demand justice for every precious Black life cut short by systemic racism, all across our country,” Walsh said.

Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Taylor’s family, tweeted that the charges involved “NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!”

At a news conference, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Hankison and the two other officers who entered Taylor’s apartment announced themselves before entering the apartment and did not use a no-knock warrant.

“According to Kentucky law, the use of force by (Officers Jonathan Mattingly and (Myles) Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves. This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor’s death.”

Regarding the inevitable disappointment by those who wanted criminal charges brought in Taylor’s death, he remarked, “The decision before my office as the special prosecutor in this case was not to decide if the loss of Ms. Taylor’s life was a tragedy. The answer to that is unequivocally yes.”

Cameron added that, “I understand that Breonna Taylor’s death is part of a national story, but the facts and evidence in this case are different than others” involving police shootings.

“If we simply act on emotion or outrage, there is no justice,” Cameron said. “Mob justice is not justice. Justice sought by violence is not justice. It just becomes revenge.”

He added that the FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law in the case.

A Republican, Cameron is the state’s first Black state attorney general and a protege of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who has been tagged by some as his heir apparent. His was also one of 20 names on President Donald Trump’s list to fill a future Supreme Court vacancy.

Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by officers who entered her home using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant used to search her home was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside. The use of no-knock warrants has since been banned by Louisville’s Metro Council.

Cameron’s office had been receiving materials from the Louisville Police Department’s public integrity unit while they tried to determine whether state charges would be brought against the three officers involved, he said.

Before charges were brought, Hankison was fired from the city’s police department on June 23. A termination letter sent to him by interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said the white officer had violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” shot 10 rounds of gunfire into Taylor’s apartment in March.

Hankison, Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly, Officer Myles Cosgrove and the detective who sought the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, were placed on administrative reassignment after the shooting.

Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire when police burst in, hitting Mattingly. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but prosecutors later dropped the charge.

Walker told police he heard knocking but didn’t know who was coming into the home and fired in self-defense.

On Sept. 15, the city settled a lawsuit against the three officers brought by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, agreeing to pay her $12 million and enact police reforms.

Protesters in Louisville and across the country have demanded justice for Taylor and other Black people killed by police in recent months. The release in late May of a 911 call by Taylor’s boyfriend marked the beginning of days of protests in Louisville, fueled by her shooting and the violent death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Several prominent African American celebrities including Oprah and Beyoncé have joined those urging that the officers be charged.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (4)
  1. Dan Moriboshi says:

    The last time Markey cared about blacks was never. He only served vanilla ice cream, and then gave a face when asked for chocolate. He was really upset when asked for a Hoodsie.

  2. Dan Moriboshi says:

    And what does Markey care what happens in KY, he’s a MA Senator with a racist, bald Ayanna Presley—–is she related to Elvis?

  3. JimStark says:

    Hey Ed, get the fact before fanning flames. The Breanna Taylor story is full of myths

  4. Ms. Taylors death was tragic. Any death from gun fire or with police involvement is tragic have a question no one answers when I ask it. Would Breonna Taylor have been shot if her boyfriend wasn’t a twice convicted drug dealer? That Mr Walker was carrying a registered fire arm. A convicted felon! These facts were known to police. Under Kentucky Law, the police were justified in executing a “no knock warrant”. However I do think there were some foul ups. There are even some discrepancies asa to the status of that warrant. The police officer that was fired did discharge his weapon in a reckless manner. I do not think this was a case of color indifference. I think it was just bad police work gone terribly wrong and resulting in a death.

    I have another question no one seems to answer either. Do these protests resulting in property loss. Protests where we see people of color doing wanton destruction, arson and general mayhem. What is the intent? What is the picture people in general will carry in their minds? How do these people think their actions will further the cause of Black People? Do yolu think the people who watch these actions on TV. Will not cross the road if they see a couple of Black people walking towards them?

    Another question would these incidents occur if these Black people ,when arrested or detained, complied to a police officers lawful order?

    ** Note to Boston Mayoral Candidate Michelle Wu. You have your JD from Harvard. Did you bother going to class? The decision of the Grand Jury in Kentucky is not “so called” as you referred to it in your press conference. Ya you were very quick to grab the mike and comment on the justice system in another state. It was clear too by her comments. Ms Wu had no idea what she was talking about. She had no idea of the laws of Kentucky .Ms Wu just wanted to fan the flames of unrest!

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