Kentucky Grand Jury Finds Use of Force in Breonna Taylor Death Justified

Two white police officers who fired into the apartment of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker, will face no charges for her death because their use of force was justified, but a third will be charged with the wanton endangerment of her neighbors, the state attorney general said on Wednesday. Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the Louisville grand jury’s decision at a news conference as protesters against racial injustice and police brutality massed on city streets. Former Detective Brett Hankison’s indictment for wanton endangerment in the first degree represents the lowest level of felony crime in Kentucky and carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. Benjamin Crump, a civil rights lawyer representing the Taylor family, said it was “outrageous” that none of the officers would be criminally charged for Taylor’s death. Taylor, 26, was killed in front of her armed boyfriend shortly after midnight on March 13 at her Louisville apartment after Hankison and his two colleagues forced their way in with a so-called “no knock” warrant.” The two other officers, Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were not charged because they were justified under Kentucky law in returning fire after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot at them, wounding Mattingly in the thigh, Cameron said. “There is no doubt that this is a gut-wrenching, emotional case,” Cameron, a Black Republican, said at a news conference. Hankison fired his weapon 10 times. Some of the bullets traveled through Taylor’s apartment into adjacent apartment three, where a man, a pregnant woman and a child were at home. There was “no conclusive” evidence that any of Hankison’s bullets hit Taylor, Cameron said. Organizers of the protests against police brutality that have become a daily occurrence expressed frustration at the outcome. “Tonight, tempers may flare,” said community organizer Reece Chenault, 40. “People are going to be sad and I think you are going to see a lot of tears with folks who are marching.” About 400 protesters wound their way out of downtown Louisville’s Jefferson Square Park and marched through the streets chanting, “Out of the homes, into the streets!” ‘WANTON MURDER,’ LAWYER SAYS “If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment too,” Crump said. “In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!” Ahead of the announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a 72-hour curfew for the city beginning at 9 p.m. “I urge everybody to choose peaceful and lawful protest,” Fischer, a white Democrat, said shortly before the announcement. The three officers involved in the raid knocked on Taylor’s apartment door and announced their presence outside, which was corroborated by a neighbor who witnessed the arrival, Cameron said. Getting no answer, they “breached the door,” he said. Mattingly entered first, and at the end of a corridor saw Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, with Walker pointing a gun. Walker fired, injuring Mattingly in the thigh. Mattingly returned fire, and his colleagues began shooting soon after, Cameron said. Hankison fired 10 bullets, Cameron said. Six bullets hit Taylor, Cameron said, contradicting reports she had been hit five times. Ballistics investigators found only one shot, fired by Cosgrove, was deadly, Cameron said. In June, the Louisville Metro Police Department fired Hankison with Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder writing that Hankison “displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly fired” into Taylor’s home. The department reassigned Mattingly and Cosgrove to administrative duties. Louisville police obtained the warrant to enter Taylor’s apartment from a judge as part of an investigation into a drug ring at another house elsewhere in Louisville. They told the judge that they believed that one of the men suspected of selling drugs had used Taylor’s apartment to receive packages. Taylor had previously dated a suspected drug seller but had severed ties with him, according to her family. She and Walker, were in bed when police broke down her door with a battering ram shortly after midnight, the families’ representatives have said. Walker has been charged with attempted murder. His lawyer has said there is evidence the bullet in Mattingly’s thigh was shot by one of his colleagues, not by Walker, but Cameron disputed this on Wednesday. Images of Taylor have become a familiar sight at ongoing protests against police violence in cities across the United States. Last month, television mogul Oprah Winfrey featured an image of Taylor on the cover of O, the Oprah Magazine. Louisville has agreed to pay $12 million to Taylor’s family to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit, Mayor Fischer announced earlier this month. (Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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The Breonna Taylor Indictment Has Arrived: Will Louisville Burn?

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here A Kentucky grand jury indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment on Wednesday, September 23. The charges were for Hankison’s shots fired during the search warrant raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment, but not for killing Taylor. Instead, Mr. Hankison was indicted for the gunshots he recklessly fired into neighboring apartments. Two other officers involved in the March 13 incident, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, were not charged. Say Her Name Taylor family attorney Benjamin Crump was quick to tweet, “Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former ofc. Brett Hankison with 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment in 1st Degree for bullets that went into other apartments but NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!” Crump is so upset because the Grand Jury’s decision means that the shot that killed Ms. Taylor was legally fired. Kentucky’s Attorney General announced the grand jury’s decision. Daniel Cameron, a Republican and black man, acted as a special prosecutor in the case and revealed some key facts surrounding the raid and Taylor’s death. She was killed by a shot fired by Detective Myles Cosgrove. Cosgrove’s shot was legal because he was returning fire from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. In short, Ms. Taylor was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and so her death – while tragic – was not the result of a crime committed by Cosgrove. Cosgrove’s and Mattingly’s shots were legally justified. Not No Knock Police did knock and announce themselves before breaking down Taylor’s door. That was a point of contention about the raid, and something focused on by Crump and his comrades. Attorney General Cameron announced his team found independent corroboration from a civilian witness that the police knocked and announced their presence. This point is vital because it informs whether Ms. Taylor and Mr. Walker thought police or others were invading the apartment. Cameron said his team conducted the review “from scratch,” pieced together from ballistics, interviews, and 911 calls. He used his connections with the FBI to have their lab examine the ballistics data available. It was the FBI, not state labs, that identified Cosgrove as the killer. Hankinson fired blindly into several apartments and recklessly endangered Taylor’s neighbors. A wanton endangerment charge is a class D felony and carries a penalty of one to five years in prison. Ben Crump’s reaction is a bellwether for unrest and tumult. In anticipation of Cameron’s announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer invoked a 72-hour curfew, effective Wednesday night, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. ~ Read more from Scott D. Cosenza. 

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Breonna Taylor riots will have little to do with Breonna Taylor

In saner days, reactions to a so-called “light” indictment of former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison would likely have included protests (actual peaceful protest), editorials, vigils, and calls by politicians for action. 2020 has not been made up of sane days since February at the latest, so we can expect the news about Breonna Taylor’s alleged killer’s charges to bring rioting, demands to defund police, severe racial tension, and calls by politicians for extreme measures. That’s what 2020 has devolved into. But lost in the narrative about no-knock warrants and a citizen’s right to defend themselves will be the real reason for all the chaos that is about to ensue. Breonna Taylor’s death was tragic and likely avoidable, but she isn’t the real reason for the riots. She’s just another excuse to riot presented by Neo-Marxist agitators who have been actively trying to burn down cities across America for months. These agitators don’t care about Breonna Taylor or no-knock warrants. They don’t even really care about police brutality or systemic racism despite pretending to be fighting both. Their only interest is using this tragedy to spark hatred, anarchy, and the long-awaited revolution they’ve been trying to initiate for years. This is the tag from the U-Haul in Louisville where BLM/Antifa are offloading their riot gear. Looks like 788A13, not sure which state. ⁦@DonaldJTrumpJr⁩ ⁦@ElijahSchaffer⁩ ⁦@stillgray⁩ ⁦@MrAndyNgo⁩ ⁦@TaylerUSA⁩ ⁦@johncardillo⁩ ⁦⁦@FBI⁩ pic.twitter.com/oumTBgQxM6 — Eric Matheny🎙 (@EricMMatheny) September 23, 2020 Black Lives Matter will be at the forefront and Antifa will grab some headlines, but the people representing them on the streets are just pawns. Even most of the agitators are pawns to a higher and much more nefarious force. The agitators may know more about the plan than the useful idiots who will be the tip of the rioting spear, but only negligibly. They believe they are starting a revolution to bring about anarcho-communism and to take down hegemonic authority in all its forms. They are being misled. The revolution they’re really starting on the orders of their puppetmasters is one designed to destroy America, all of it, and all of their agitators’ goals will be tossed to the wayside if they’re successful. Again, they’re just pawns. To the Neo-Marxist puppetmasters, Breonna Taylor is George Floyd. She’s Jacob Blake. She’s every person of color whose death has sparked wanton destruction and inner-city chaos in Democratic-controlled areas across the nation. She’s someone who can be used to fan the flames of their growing insurrection. The circumstances of both her life and death are irrelevant to the evil people at the top of the revolutionary food chain. She, too, is just a pawn to them, even in death. Especially in death. This is a moment when Americans, our representatives in government, and the leaders within the criminal justice system should be talking about the efficacy of no-knock warrants for drug-related crimes. The story being told about the circumstances the night Breonna Taylor was killed tells us two things. First, no-knock warrants are dangerous when done as a half-measure. Reports indicate they did, indeed, knock and attempt to identify themselves rather than simply busting down the door first. If they had initiated the no-knock warrant as it’s supposed to be initiated, it’s unlikely Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, would have been able to retrieve his legal firearm to fire at the police officers. If they had knocked and waited to issue the warrant without going in, they likely also would have avoided confrontation. But by knocking, waiting, and then coming in, they created a circumstance that led to tragedy. The second thing to understand is that no-knock warrants are dangerous, even when initiated properly, and therefore should not be used for crimes short of kidnapping or threats of violence. It’s understandable to use a no-knock warrant if lives may be in danger, but drug-related no-knock warrants are designed to help law enforcement collect evidence before it’s discarded or destroyed. That’s simply not worth the risk. A standard warrant should be enough to make the majority of proper drug busts and for those who are able to discard their drugs before law enforcement can enter, it’s incumbent on law enforcement to work harder to collect evidence otherwise. Risking the lives of those in their home, whether they’re drug dealers or not, is inappropriate. In fact, it can be deadly. But none of that matters today, at least not as far as the Black Lives Matter and Antifa “activists” are concerned. They aren’t interested in reforms. They want police to be eliminated by budget cuts, violence, intimidation, or a combination of the three. We should be making things better for this nation by learning from how poorly the situation was handled, a situation that led to an unnecessary death. Instead, the “activists” who will be destroying lives and property tonight and in the future only want us to learn one thing: Fear. Justice has NOT been served. Rise UP. All across this country. Everywhere. Rise up for #BreonnaTaylor — Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 23, 2020 The anarchy that will rise surrounding Breonna Taylor’s killing will not make law enforcement better. It will not make anyone safer. It will not bring about positive change. Breonna Taylor’s death will be used to spark the revolution Neo-Marxists have planned for a long time. COVID-19 may take down an independent news outlet Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat. 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‘Burn Louisville’ trends on Twitter. Joe Pags calls out their utter hypocrisy.

There has been a common theme on Twitter since the 2016 election season. If a conservative calls for violence, they will almost certainly be suspended or banned altogether. If a progressive calls for violence, they may get a warning but will probably get kudos and even retweets from Twitter staff. That’s what we’ve learned to expect from an organization that is staffed heavily by left-leaning employees. Many are full blown radical progressives using their jobs to participate in social justice activism. All the while, Twitter’s top brass will tell anyone publicly, including Washington DC, that they have no bias. But that narrative is demonstrably false as we can see by today’s big trending topic, “Burn Louisville.” Following news that Breonna Taylor’s alleged killer, former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, will not be charged with murder, calls for massive riots and wanton destruction in the city and around the country flooded social media. These riots will have very little to do with Taylor’s death as I noted earlier, but that’s not important to Twitter. All that’s important to Twitter employees is that cities burn and their revolution continues to get legs. Here are some direct calls for violence. There have likely been tens of thousands of these, perhaps more. Twitter has not placed warnings on these calls for people to riot. They are letting it ride. But as radio host Joe Pagliarulo pointed at, Twitter was quick to slap a warning on a Tweet by President Trump that they believed called for violence. It did not, but by Twitter’s skewed understanding, they thought it did. Twitter blocked @realDonaldTrump's tweet that violence will be met with force alleging it promoted violence.. but Burn Louisville can trend with no recourse? At least give the appearance of being even-handed, @Jack. — Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) September 23, 2020 “Joe Pags,” as he’s called on his radio show, we referring to a Tweet by the President in June warning Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters in Washington DC not to try to create what was built in Seattle that month. The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), which was later renamed the Capital Hill Organized Protest (CHOP), in Seattle was a six-block area near the East Precinct where multiple shootings and rampant crime took place when anarcho-communists took over. When reports came in that such an autonomous zone was being planned for the nation’s capital, the President issued a warning. Twitter labeled it as “abusive behavior.” There will never be an “Autonomous Zone” in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020 According to Twitter, a conservative presidential warning against violence is considered to be… violence. But leftists calling for actual violence are acceptable and even encouraged on Twitter. Got it. COVID-19 may take down an independent news outlet Nobody said running a media site would be easy. We could use some help keeping this site afloat. Colleagues have called me the worst fundraiser ever. My skills are squarely rooted on the journalistic side of running a news outlet. Paying the bills has never been my forte, but we’ve survived. We have ads on the site that help, but since the site’s inception this has been a labor of love that otherwise doesn’t bring in the level of revenue necessary to justify it. When I left a nice, corporate career in 2017, I did so knowing I wouldn’t make nearly as much money. 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Breonna Taylor – Riots or Resolution?

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Louisville, KY, is poised for trouble. The three officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor will have their fates decided this week by a grand jury convened by state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who will announce whether the police have been indicted or will go free. Protesters are ready to march, business owners are praying that their livelihoods will survive, and the city’s authorities are gearing up for a worst-case scenario. Antifa is no doubt prepared to deliver just that. AG Cameron will – at some point this week – announce the grand jury’s decision on criminally indicting the officers. City and law enforcement officials are taking no chances. The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) has put in place a “state of emergency” as officers have begun barricading roads and federal buildings are being boarded up. LMPD interim Chief Robert Schroeder spoke with press outlets Sept. 22 to explicitly state that they did not yet know the verdict and that all measures were precautionary. He said: “We just ask that people bear with us as we go through these unprecedented times … We felt these steps were necessary to help protect the public.” Schroeder also pointed out that although there have been no specific threats recorded at this time, he was “aware of all the social media rumors. But, nothing viable at this point.” The Background The Breonna Taylor case has forcefully gripped the attention of the American public and lawmakers alike. On March 13, police arrived at Taylor’s apartment to serve a “no-knock” search warrant related to a drug investigation. The officers say they knocked first, announcing who they were before breaking down the door. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, states that he did not know who was coming into the apartment and opened fire, hitting one officer in the thigh; three officers responded with fire, killing Taylor in the process. Just one week ago, Louisville’s Metro Government settled with Taylor’s family to the sum of $12 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. However, the family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, has been very plain that he sees this as just a first step in full restitution: “Regardless of this landmark step on the journey to justice, we still are demanding that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron bring charges immediately against the police officers that murdered Breonna Taylor. Immediately. This week. Justice delayed is justice denied. “The city leadership has done a significant step today, but now it is on Daniel Cameron and the attorney general of Kentucky’s office to bring charges, and at the very minimum … second-degree manslaughter charges, because we want full justice for Breonna Taylor, not just partial justice.” And while Crump is seeking a legal resolution, law enforcement and city officials are well aware that if protesters are not satisfied with the grand jury decision, things could turn nasty very quickly. Should the officers be charged with second-degree manslaughter, under Kentucky law, this is a Class C Felony and comes with a sentence of between five and ten years. A Powderkeg In Waiting The nation is watching very carefully. It would not be hyperbolic to suggest we would see a fresh outbreak of rioting if a criminal indictment against the officers is not delivered. AG Cameron is aware of this, LMPD is mindful of this, and surely those who sit on the grand jury know this. Liberty Nation’s Legal Affairs Editor Scott D. Cosenza weighed in on what is likely going on behind the scenes: “Sol Wachtler, who was the chief judge of the state of New York, famously said, ‘District attorneys now have so much influence on grand juries that, by and large, they could get them to indict a ham sandwich.’ The reason is that the DAs control the process in its entirety, and defendants have few rights. Grand juries operate in secret, and defendants have no right to examine witnesses or evidence or present a defense. The result is, as Wachtler says – any decent lawyer could get a mother to indict her children if they could present a case without a word said in defense. “This reality has led to increased distrust between the police and public, with a perception, at least, that pro-law and order district attorneys direct grand juries to ‘no-bill’ or refuse to issue charges against police suspected of misconduct, while directing indictments against those accused of crimes against police. The mob knows the grand jury is the DA’s tool, however, and is convinced that DA will use it for the benefit of the cops. For those who enjoy a bit of irony with the news, the purpose of grand juries is to ensure defendants are not harassed by unsupported charges.” Will AG Cameron and the grand jury make their decision based upon the probable fallout, or will they be as blind as Lady Justice and move forward based on the facts presented? ~ Read more from Mark Angelides.

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City of Louisville Agrees To Pay Breonna Taylor’s Family $12 Million

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has reached a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Breonna Tayor’s family. The New York Times reports that the city agreed to pay the family $12 million. It was expected that the settlement would be a multi-million dollar agreement. Taylor, a Black woman, was killed by white police officers as they executed a “no-knock” warrant in March.  The Times reports that along with the settlement, the largest in Louisville’s history, the city agreed to implement a series of policing reforms.  Sam Aguilar, the Taylor family’s attorney, told CNN, “The city’s response, in this case, has been delayed, and it’s been frustrating, but the fact that they’ve been willing to sit down and talk significant reform was a step in the right direction and hopefully a turning point.” Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot after her boyfriend mistook the officers executing the warrant and fired his handgun at them. The officers returned fire and struck Tayler, which led to her death. Her death sparked months of protests against police brutality and racism. Additionally, the city council passed a law that bans “no-knock” search warrants. A grand jury has also been convened to investigate the shooting, though there have been no announcements from the proceedings thus far. 

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