Developing: Breonna Taylor grand jury decision prompts riots.
After a Kentucky grand jury opted to indict only one of the three Louisville police officers in the raid that led to Breonna Taylor’s death earlier this year, the city braced for protests.
Former Sgt. Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing rounds during the raid that went into neighboring apartments, but not in the death of Taylor.
The attorney for Taylor’s family, Ben Crump, tweeted that the decision was “outrageous and offensive.”
Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency medical worker, was shot five times by officers who entered her home – allegedly using a no-knock warrant – during a drug investigation March 13. The warrant was connected with someone who did not live there, and no drugs were found during the search. The use of no-knock warrants is now banned in the city.
However, after several weeks of investigation Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron asserted today, citing reliable independent evidence, that the incident that led to Breonna Taylor’s death was preceded by a knock warrant – meaning that the officers announced themselves and demanded the door be opened before entering the apartment. Then the officers were shot at by Taylor’s boyfriend, whereupon they fired back; Breonna Taylor died in the process.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency and announced a 72-hour curfew starting at 9 p.m.
The Louisville Metro Police Department announced it was putting barricades around the downtown perimeter where protests have been concentrated.
The Kentucky National Guard was also deployed in the city.