One officer has been indicted in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
Judge Annie O’Connell issues a 15K bond and an arrest warrant. That is all of the charges that will be announced today.
— Jamiles Lartey (@Jamiles) September 23, 2020
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) announced the results of the grand jury proceedings in the case moments ago.
The highly-anticipated report had state and local officials teetering on a knife’s edge. To mitigate the risk of riots, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, established a 72-hour curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:30 am starting tonight.
None of the measures seemed to relieve citizens of their anxiety or restore their faith in city leaders. The interim police chief confirmed that elements of the Kentucky Army National Guard were in a state of readiness ahead of Cameron’s announcement.
On the night of March 13, 2020, plainclothes Louisville police officers woke Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black paramedic, and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker by entering their apartment with a battering ram. Their reported no-knock warrant was allegedly obtained from faulty evidence based on Taylor’s previous acquaintance with a suspected drug dealer. Police found no drugs at the couple’s apartment.
None of the officers were wearing body cameras, though they claim they announced their presence as police officers. Walker, a registered gun owner, exchanged fire with them, claiming he believed intruders had broken in. Officers fired into the bedroom, killing Taylor after shooting her eight times. Walker was initially charged with the attempted murder of a police officer. The charges have since been dropped, though that may change.
Mayor Fischer eventually fired longtime Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Chief Steve Conrad on June 1 after a National Guard member deployed with other soldiers to reinforce LMPD fatally shot David “YaYa” McAteer, a popular barbecue restaurant owner, while standing in his doorway. The officers on scene reportedly did not have their body cameras. Fischer said “This type of institutional failure will not be tolerated.”
Yet Fischer has also lost the confidence of his constituents, as evident by the 22-4 no-confidence vote last Thursday by Louisville’s Metro Council.
Today’s outcome seems unlikely to temper the anger in Kentucky’s largest city. Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists on the scene are already gathering makeshift shields.
While the BLM crowd was marching in Louisville, a U Haul truck pulled up with shields and supplies for the group to use. pic.twitter.com/VestCPdyTk
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 23, 2020
Regardless, law and order remains a central theme of this presidential election.
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