The cops that killed Breonna Taylor will not be charged for it
A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment six months after Breonna Taylor was killed when three officers burst into her residence and shot the 26-year-old paramedic multiple times during a no-knock raid.
Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and detective Myles Cosgrove, the two other officers present at the time of the shooting, were not indicted. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office shared the findings of its investigation with the jury earlier this week.
As Common Dreams reported earlier this month, the city of Louisville agreed to pay Taylor's family $12 million dollars—believed to be the largest amount ever for a black woman killed by a police officer in the U.S.—and to implement several police reforms as part of the settlement.
At the time, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said: "No amount of money can bring justice. It's time to move forward with the criminal charges that Breonna Taylor's family has called for."
Following Wednesday's announcement, Debra Gore-Mann, president and CEO of the Greenlining Institute, said that the limited nature of the charges—"wanton endangerment" for only one of three officers—means that "true justice" has been denied to Taylor and her family.
"There will be no justice," said women's rights group UltraViolet, "until all of the officers who killed Breonna are held accountable for her murder."