A grand jury has spoken – and they’re not charging Louisville police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor. What they are indicting former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison with? He's facing three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.
That’s for shooting into the apartment behind Taylor's home – nothing to do with the death of Taylor herself. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron called Taylor's death a “tragedy” and chalked up the situation for being a bad set of circumstances that there isn’t a law on the books to deal with.
Essentially, Cameron maintains that officers did knock, and breached the door when no one answered. In entering, Taylor’s boyfriend – who has said he thought the police were intruders – fired, and that Hankison and two other officers simply returned fire. While Cameron says it is unlikely any additional charges will be coming, the FBI will still consider if any civil rights violations of law took place.
Attorney Ben Crump says the Taylor case is just the latest example that systemic racism exists. The civil rights attorney says Black people have been dealing with systemic racism since this land was discovered.