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Politics Civil rights attorney Ben Crump calls Breonna Taylor decision 'outrageous and offensive'

22:02  23 september  2020
22:02  23 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Louisville braces for fallout ahead of decision on charging police in Breonna Taylor case

  Louisville braces for fallout ahead of decision on charging police in Breonna Taylor case Louisville was bracing for a decision on whether any police officers will be charged in the March 13 shooting death of Breonna Taylor.Louisville police prepare city for an upcoming decision in Breonna Taylor case

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump on Wednesday condemned a grand jury decision to indict a single Louisville, Ky., officer in the case of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police inside her apartment.

a sign on the side of the street: Civil rights attorney Ben Crump calls Breonna Taylor decision 'outrageous and offensive' © Getty Images Civil rights attorney Ben Crump calls Breonna Taylor decision 'outrageous and offensive'

"Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former ofc. Brett Hankison with 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment in 1st Degree for bullets that went into other apartments but NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!" Crump, who represents Taylor's family, tweeted Wednesday.

Louisville police chief 'very concerned' about safety after 2 officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests

  Louisville police chief 'very concerned' about safety after 2 officers shot amid Breonna Taylor protests Louisville Metro Police Department Interim Chief Robert Schroeder said the two officers sustained "non-life-threatening" injuries.Protests follow Breonna Taylor decision

Hankison and officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove entered Taylor's apartment on March 13 on a "no-knock" warrant. Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker has denied the officers identified themselves and said he opened fire believing them to be home intruders. Police shot back, hitting Taylor five times.

Police secured the warrant on the grounds that they believed Taylor's ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover was keeping drugs and money in her apartment, but they found neither.

Hankison was fired from the department in June for "display[ing] an extreme indifference to the value of human life." The charges applied to shots he fired that entered other apartments. The announcement comes the week after the city agreed to pay Taylor's family a settlement of $12 million.

Taylor's killing was one of several involving Black people that galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement this year, including those of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Taylor's case was, until Wednesday, the only one of the three where no charges had been filed.

The city has imposed a 9 p.m. curfew for the next three nights.

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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