Crime 'A sham proceeding': Lawyer for Breonna Taylor's family blasts grand jury decision

15:41  24 september  2020
15:41  24 september  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who represents Breonna Taylor’s family, blasted the Kentucky grand jury that decided not to charge any officers in her killing, calling it a “sham proceeding that did nothing to give Breonna Taylor a voice."

Benjamin Crump wearing a suit and tie © Provided by NBC News

Crump, a member of the family’s legal team, responded on NBC's "TODAY" on Thursday to the grand jury's delivering indictments only for charges of wanton endangerment against former police officer Brett Hankison for firing shots that hit the apartment of one of Taylor's neighbors.

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No charges were made in connection to the multiple shots fired in the March 13 police raid that killed Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman.

The wanton endangerment charge “doesn’t make sense,” Crump said, adding that the indictment was in connection to bullets shot into a white neighbor’s apartment, “but not for the bullets going in Breonna Taylors body.”

"Nothing seems to say Breonna mattered," Crump said of the decision announced Wednesday.

Louisville erupted in protests following the announcement, as the downtown was filled with residents outraged over the lack of charges related to Taylor’s death. Two police officers in the city were shot Wednesday night; both are expected to recover.

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Crump said the anger expressed in the protests is shared by Taylor’s family.

“They were outraged, they were insulted, and they were mostly offended,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out what did the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron present to the grand jury."

Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was shot and killed in her home after police officers with a no-knock warrant broke down her door seeking evidence in a narcotics investigation. The target of the probe did not live at the location.

Walker's boyfriend fired a shot at the front door, striking one of the officers in the leg, according to police. Walker, who had a license to carry firearms, said he believed it was a home invasion.

Crump dismissed the notion that the officers were firing in self-defense when Taylor was killed.

"The self-defense argument in Kentucky, as in many states across America, contemplates that you cannot use violence against a third-party innocent bystander like Breonna Taylor," he said.

The attorney added that Walker fired his gun because he "thought he was protecting his woman and his 'castle.'"

Juniyah Palmer, Taylor’s sister, reacted to the decision Wednesday on Instagram, writing, “Sister, I am so sorry.”

“Sister, you was failed by a system you worked hard for,” Palmer wrote. “We was failed as a family.”

Breonna Taylor neighbor wants to know why cop wasn't charged for shooting into his unit .
"If that bullet went through my bed maybe I would have been dead too," Breonna Taylor's neighbor Stanley David said.One punched through the hallway. The other passed right in front of his bedroom door, roughly 5 feet from where he was sleeping.

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