The City of Louisville, Kentucky has betrayed their citizens this week, in what is yet another tragic milestone in the case of Breonna Taylor.
Taylor was killed by police back in March, during a no-knock warrant in which one officer fired blindly and rapidly, killing the young nurse as she slept. This fomented a predictable amount of anger around the nation, as Americans far and wide demanded the arrest of the officers involved.
Now, months later, a Louisville grand jury announced that they would be detailing their findings in the case at 1:3opm on Wednesday.
A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted one of three Louisville officers in the March 13 fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.
It was announced Wednesday:
Former detective Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was not indicted.
Detective Myles Cosgrove was not indicted.
A wanton endangerment charge is a class D felony and carries a penalty of one to five years in prison. The charges read by Judge Annie O’Connell on Wednesday said that Hankison “wantonly shot a gun” into at least adjoining apartment.
But days earlier, the city began to lock down the streets, board up windows, and call in the National Guard – signaling to the world that they were prepared for a conclusion deemed unsatisfactory by the people of Louisville.
To make matter even more obvious, authorities in Louisville enacted three days’ worth of curfew just hours before the announcement of the grand jury’s findings.
It is clear and obvious that the City of Louisville was fully aware of the reaction that the news would received, yet they still chose to endanger their citizens by announcing the findings in the middle of the afternoon, as opposed to in the wee hours of the morning. This decision will undoubtedly lead to wanton destruction of property, as it allowed protesters to gather and fume for hours ahead of the 1:30pm announcement.
This was a clear dereliction of duty by the City of Louisville, and whatever blood is spilled tonight is indubitably on their hands.
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