A grand jury in Kentucky presented its findings to a judge in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, by three officers, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Jonathan Mattingly. The Grand Jury delivered one indictment and bond was charged at $15,000 for 3 counts of “wanton engagement” against Brett Hankison.
Hankison shot 10 rounds that hit 3 neighbors’ apartments from outside Taylor’s apartment. There were no other charges announced. He faces Class D Felony, faces 5 years if guilty. “There will be no criminal charges in Breonna Taylors’ death,” Kentucky Attorney General said, “The Officers had the right to return fire,” he said.
Breona Taylor’s, boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, at the knock- had fired upon the officers first, the officers were returning fire.
One reporter posted, “3 counts of wanton endangerment for disregard of human life to the neighbors where bullets entered their apartments. No crime was handed down on the shooting inside Breonna Taylor’s apartment.”
Immediately Fox News reported that the protestors, the “Bond Reform” movement were upset at the low bond.
“We will not tolerate destruction of property or violence,” the Mayor Greg Fischer, announced an hour before the announcement was made. “We support peaceful expression.”
The city enacted a curfew. There were unverified reports online about the National Guard being activated and hospitals being readied for trauma victims.
The first announcement came down as residents, law enforcement, activists and media await a decision from Kentucky’s Attorney General, Republican Daniel Jay Cameron, on whether charges will be filed against Louisville police officers involved in the shooting.
Several hundred people were gathered for the announcements hours ahead of the final announcement, Spectrum News reported.
Cameron, the Attorney General then also made his announcement that force was justified for the 2 of 3 officers because of self-defense laws in Kentucky, igniting more of a protest reaction in the streets of Louisville.
“Facts are a life has been lost a tragedy in any circumstances, my job is to put emotions aside and investigate facts, and said the investigation of the indicted officer is going forward.”
Breonna Taylor was killed when three Louisville Kentucky Metro Police officers, executing a warrant to search her home in the early morning hours of March 13, 2020, igniting the protest culture to engage and organize riots and other events in the name of police and bail reform.
“Try living 15 miles from it. I haven’t been downtown Louisville in months because of it,” wrote a Louisville resident on Twitter.
Another Louisville resident wrote,” Living close to Louisville, EVERY NIGHT on the news, they’re showing someone else getting shot and killed, & if you have any idea or whereabouts of who did this, call LMPD….. this has been a thug city for a very long time! No matter the decision, still gonna be a thug city!!”
One of the officers involved, Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, in the shooting that night wrote on Tuesday to his fellow officers, according to Yahoo News, who wrote:
“A Louisville police sergeant said Tuesday he and other officers “did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night” when they fired their weapons while trying to search Breonna Taylor’s apartment and killed her.
In a six-paragraph email, to more than 1,000 of his colleagues, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly also apologized to his fellow officers and their families and blamed Mayor Greg Fischer, Public Safety Chief Amy Hess and former Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad for failing “all of us in epic proportions for their own gain and to cover their asses.”
“Regardless of the outcome (of the Kentucky attorney general’s decision) today or Wednesday, I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night,” Mattingly wrote to his colleagues. “It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and the criminals are canonized,” Mattingly wrote.
I wrote about Kentucky’s preparations in declaring a “State of Emergency” here, predicting uprisings in the downtown area no matter the announcements were.
Taylor’s family received a historic payout earlier in September:
At the press conference accepting the money, Attorney Ben Crump and the family called for further measures with demands and hinted at violence if thy did get what they wanted with the arrest of the three officers. One officer had been fired.
The city has been shutting down all week. Anticipating had been thrilling, while people waited to see how to react. Protesting has become a culture in the area.
The Mayor restricted vehicular access to downtown on Tuesday.
One eyewitness report was that the city had blocked off 40 blocks in the downtown area, this was rumored and unconfirmed.
Road closures, Police are restricting access to downtown from Market Street to Broadway and from Second Street to Roy Wilkins Avenue.
According to the Louisville Courrier Journal, this is a partial list of businesses that were closed early Wednesday in advance of the announcement.
The Seelbach Hilton announced it would be closed “until further notice, potentially the rest of the week” while awaiting the Taylor decision.
The Brown Hotel is remaining open, but some guests are canceling or checking out early, a front desk staffer said.
The Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House will be closed from Monday through Friday, officials announced last week.
The Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator will be closed Tuesday through Monday, the office announced.
A spokeswoman for Mayor Greg Fischer’s office said she was not aware of any Metro Louisville offices closed.
How to get into downtown Louisville
Those with “legitimate business” downtown, according to LMPD spokesman Lamont Washington, can notify officers at one of the following intersections to enter: Second and Jefferson streets, Ninth and Chestnut streets, Eighth and Market streets and Seventh Street and Broadway.
How to leave downtown Louisville
To exit downtown, Washington wrote, drivers should pass through one of the following corners: Ninth and Jefferson streets, Second and Chestnut streets, Third and Market streets or Fourth Street and Broadway.
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism.