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World Protests erupt in US over charges filed in Breonna Taylor shooting

01:31  24 september  2020
01:31  24 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

What happened to Breonna Taylor?

  What happened to Breonna Taylor? The 26-year-old was killed by police in her Louisville home, sparking protests and calls for justice.Her family sued the city for the death and reached a multi-million dollar settlement, which included several major police reforms. But they, alongside social justice advocates, are still demanding criminal charges for the three officers who fired the shots.

“This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Ms. Breonna Taylor 's death.” Mattingly sparked controversy Tuesday with an email “If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna

Louisville, Kentucky has seen months of protests over the fatal shooting of Taylor in March, which escalated following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis two months later. Also on rt.com Louisville braces for riots: One officer charged for ‘endangerment,’ not murder in Breonna Taylor case.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Demonstrators march in the streets of Louisville following the announcement of charges in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor © Brandon Bell Demonstrators march in the streets of Louisville following the announcement of charges in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor

Angry protesters demanded justice in the US city of Louisville on Wednesday after charges were filed against only one policeman involved in the controversial fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old black woman whose name has become a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Protesters gathered outside the home of Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, on Tuesday to demand charges in the killing of Breonna Taylor .Credit Mary Ann Gerth/Courier Journal, via Associated Press.

Outcry over the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor reached a boiling point overnight Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky, when gunfire erupted during protests and audio was released of Taylor 's Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.

a bunch of items that are on display: Signs placed at a memorial to Breonna Taylor at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville, Kentucky © Jeff Dean Signs placed at a memorial to Breonna Taylor at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville, Kentucky

Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June, was charged by a grand jury with three counts of "wanton endangerment" over shots he fired into apartments adjoining Taylor's home.

But neither Hankison nor the two officers who fired the shots that killed Taylor were charged in direct connection with her death.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, following the announcement, and Ben Crump, a lawyer for the Taylor family, condemned the grand jury decision as "outrageous and offensive."

a group of people in uniform: Riot police arrest protesters in Louisville after charges were announced in the Breonna Taylor case © Jeff Dean Riot police arrest protesters in Louisville after charges were announced in the Breonna Taylor case

Police in riot gear were seen making several arrests.

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A US grand jury charges one police officer with wanton endangerment linked to the raid in Kentucky. Media caption"Questions still aren't answered": Breonna Taylor 's family are worried about a "cover-up". A grand jury has charged one police officer over the raid which resulted in the fatal shooting of

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A state of emergency and a 9:00 pm curfew has been declared by the mayor of the city, which has a population of 600,000, with much of downtown closed to traffic.

a blackboard sign on a wall: Names of victims of police shootings are written on a boarded up business in downtown Louisville, Kentucky © Jeff Dean Names of victims of police shootings are written on a boarded up business in downtown Louisville, Kentucky

Some downtown business owners boarded up their shops in anticipation of unrest sparked by the grand jury decision.

Taylor, an emergency room technician, was shot dead after three plainclothes policemen turned up at her door in the middle of the night to execute a search warrant.

Taylor's boyfriend, who was in bed with her, grabbed a gun and exchanged fire with the officers. He later said he thought they were criminals.

The officers, who had not activated their body cameras as required, shot Taylor multiple times, killing her. A police sergeant was wounded.

- 'A tragedy' -

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Hankison had not fired the fatal shots and the two other officers who opened fire had done so in self-defense.

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He said Hankison was charged with three counts of "wanton endangerment" over shots he fired into adjoining apartments. He could face five years in prison for each count if convicted.

"This is a tragedy," Cameron said. "I know that not everyone will be satisfied with the charges reported today.

"Every person has an idea of what they think justice is."

Crump expressed disappointment on behalf of the family.

"This is outrageous and offensive to Breonna Taylor's memory," he said in a statement. "It's yet another example of no accountability for the genocide of persons of color by white police officers.

"If Hankison's behavior constituted wanton endangerment of the people in the apartments next to hers, then it should also be considered wanton endangerment of Breonna," Crump said.

"In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder."

The American Civil Liberties Union condemned the grand jury charges as "not accountability and not close to justice."

"This is the manifestation of what the millions of people who have taken to the streets to protest police violence already know: Modern policing and our criminal legal system are rotten to the core," the ACLU said.

Cameron, the attorney general, also addressed reports that the police officers had executed a "no-knock" search warrant on Taylor's home, bursting in without warning.

"They did knock and announce," he said. "That information was corroborated by another witness."

The city of Louisville settled a wrongful death suit with Taylor's family for $12 million last week.

The civil settlement reflected the public pressure and emotion surrounding her death, which came about two months before that of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Floyd's death triggered protests across the United States against racial injustice and police brutality.

Cameron appealed for calm and Louisville police chief Robert Schroeder said the authorities would not tolerate any "violence or destruction of property."

"We are prepared to meet any challenge we may face," Schroeder said, calling for demonstrators to protest "peacefully and lawfully."

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A Timeline of What's Happened Since Breonna Taylor Was Killed by Police on March 13 .
The killing of Breonna Taylor in March has led to widespread Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US and prompted the passage of "Breonna's Law" — local legislation in Louisville, KY, which bans no-knock warrants — as well as the hiring of a new interim Louisville police chief. On Sept. 23, outrage around the lack of justice in the case grew when Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron declined to press charges against any of the officers involved in her killing with her death. Instead, former detective Brett Hankison was indicted by a grand jury for three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for firing 10 rounds into the apartment blindly.

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