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US Joe Biden urges peace, patience following Breonna Taylor grand jury decision

05:00  24 september  2020
05:00  24 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Joe Biden just released a statement on today’s Breonna Taylor decision . While many lawmakers in the Democratic party have taken stronger stances against the decision , Biden called for people to wait for the federal investigation that will provide a “final judgment of that investigation”. “I know people are

Louisville police fatally shot Breonna Taylor , a 26-year-old Black woman, while they carried out a Live Updates. Actions of officer who killed Breonna Taylor ruled ‘justified;’ Another charged with The grand jury did not announce any charges against the other officers involved in Taylor ’s death, and

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Americans "must continue to speak Breonna Taylor’s name" following the decision by a Louisville, Kentucky, grand jury not to indict any of the police officers on homicide charges involved in her March 13 shooting death.

Three officers faced prosecution in the case but only a former police detective was indicted Wednesday on felony charges of wanton endangerment after shooting into an apartment next door to Taylor, 26, an EMT who was killed in her home by police.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he hasn’t received enough information on the grand jury ’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case to Hundreds have gathered in Louisville to protest the grand jury ’s decision to not indict police officers on criminal charges directly related to Taylor ’s death.

Moments after a Kentucky grand jury ’s decision to only indict one of three cops involved — and No Peace !” took to the streets — and less than three hours after the charges were handed up against Protesters march through in reaction to Breonna Taylor 's grand jury decision in Louisville, Kentucky.

Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison is facing three felony charges. Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, two other officers involved, were not charged.

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But racial justice protesters were hoping for homicide indictments against the officers in a case has attracted international attention. Protesters in Louisville, who have marched on the city's streets for 119 consecutive days, and supporters across the nation have demanded "justice for Breonna" and other Black Americans, such as George Floyd in Minneapolis, who have been killed by police.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters regroup near Jefferson Square Park on Wednesday following marches and protests after the grand jury decision announcement in the Breonna Taylor case. Sept. 23, 2020 © Alton Strupp/Courier Journal Protesters regroup near Jefferson Square Park on Wednesday following marches and protests after the grand jury decision announcement in the Breonna Taylor case. Sept. 23, 2020

"In the wake of her tragic death, we mourn with her mother, family, and community and ask ourselves whether justice could be equally applied in America," Biden said in a statement issued after a campaign visit to Charlotte, North Carolina, with Black business leaders. "I know for so many people today’s decision does not answer that call."

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— The news of the grand jury ’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case spread quickly Wednesday as demonstrators took to the streets of Louisville, protesting her killing and the limited charges brought against only one of the officers involved. Protesters quickly filled downtown neighborhoods after

What: Breonna Taylor grand jury report and press conference by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Louisville has been on edge for days awaiting a charging decision in the case, with rumors swirling but no clear indication of when it would come.

Biden urged protesters to be peaceful and patient as they await the results of an ongoing federal investigation. Earlier, he told reporters that violent protests threatened to "sully" Taylor's memory.

The former vice president said policing reforms remain "necessary," including addressing the use of excessive force, banning choke holds, and overhauling no-knock warrants.

"We must continue to speak Breonna Taylor’s name, support her family still in grieving, and never give up on ensuring the full promise of America for every American," he said in the statement.

At the White House, President Donald Trump did not directly address the grand jury's decision but instead quoted Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s statement that justice “does not fit the mold of public opinion” and that “justice sought by violence” is not justice but revenge.

a person holding a sign: A billboard sponsored by O, The Oprah Magazine, is on display with a photo of Breonna Taylor. Twenty-six billboards are going up across Louisville, demanding that the police officers involved in Taylor's death be arrested and charged. © Dylan T. Lovan, AP Images A billboard sponsored by O, The Oprah Magazine, is on display with a photo of Breonna Taylor. Twenty-six billboards are going up across Louisville, demanding that the police officers involved in Taylor's death be arrested and charged.

“I think that was a terrific statement,” Trump told reporters, adding that Cameron, who spoke at the Republican National Convention last month, “is doing a fantastic job."

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A Kentucky grand jury has cleared current and former police officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor — indicting one ex-cop for “wantonly” firing shots into another apartment the night she died. The 12 jurors returned three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree against Brett Hankison for

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He ignored questions from reporters seeking more direct comment on the grand jury's decision.

The president also said he plans to speak with Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, who has authorized the National Guard to protect buildings in Louisville during the protests that followed the decision.

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Hankison, who was fired in June, faces three felony counts, and bail was set at $15,000.  The two other officers involved in the shooting, Mattingly and Cosgrove, were justified in their use of force, Cameron said. All three fired their weapons at Taylor's apartment.

A wanton endangerment charge is a class D felony and could carry a penalty of one to five years in prison.

a group of people in uniform: Officers on Sept. 18, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky. © Brandon Bell/Getty Images Officers on Sept. 18, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Cameron said that the grand jury decided homicide charges are not applicable because the investigation showed that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in returning deadly fire after they were fired upon by Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, who said he didn't know police were at the door.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer invoked a 72-hour curfew, effective Wednesday night, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. A week ago, Fischer announced the city agreed to a $12 million settlement with Taylor's family that includes more than a dozen police changes.

Contributing: Louisville Courier-Journal staff

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