Breonna Taylor

Kevin Willis

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer are calling on Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release more evidence from the Breonna Taylor investigation to the public.

Cameron provided some details of the investigation during a news conference on Wednesday, following the grand jury indictment of one of the officers involved in the March 13 raid on Taylor’s apartment.

But Cameron said that, at this point, he won’t publicly release the grand jury report or full investigative findings because of the ongoing prosecution of the case and FBI investigation into the shooting.

“I think it would be irresponsible at this juncture for this office to release any sort of file,” Cameron said.

J. Tyler Franklin

In a matter of hours, one Louisville Metro Police officer was indicted in the Breonna Taylor case, hundreds took to the streets to protest what they saw as an unjust outcome and two police officers were shot downtown.

The events followed a monthslong investigation into the actions of three LMPD officers who executed a search warrant at Taylor’s apartment March 13 and shot and killed her. In all, at least 46 protesters were arrested Wednesday.

The day began for many protesters at Jefferson Square Park, the epicenter of Louisville’s protests against racism and police brutality.

Erica Peterson

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says his office determined that two of the three officers who fired their weapons were justified when they fatally shot Breonna Taylor.

Officer Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly were returning fire and within their rights to defend themselves, according to Cameron, who spoke in Frankfort Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky History Center shortly after a grand jury announced it was charging only one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death.

The grand jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment, all connected to Hankison firing his gun and endangering Taylor’s neighbors. None of the counts are for firing into Taylor’s apartment, or directly linked to her death.

Family of Breonna Taylor

The grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case has indicted Officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment. All of the counts are for “extreme indifference to human life” when he fired his gun into three apartments. None of the counts are for firing into Taylor’s apartment, or directly linked to her death.

The grand jury presented its findings before Judge Annie O’Connell, and the hearing was broadcast remotely. The attorney general’s office asked that a warrant be issued and that Hankison be held in lieu of $15,000 cash bond.

screenshot from news conference

Mayor Greg Fischer is implementing a 9 p.m. curfew countywide for the next 72 hours, he announced during a press conference Wednesday in advance of a decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

Fischer asked for a “peaceful, lawful” response to whatever decision the grand jury and Attorney General Daniel Cameron announce this afternoon. But he said the curfew will be in effect from 9 p.m. until 6:30 a.m., with exceptions for those seeking medical care, going to work or attending worship services.

Grand Jury To Announce Findings In Breonna Taylor Case

Sep 23, 2020
Kate Howard

The grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case will present their findings to a judge this afternoon and an announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will follow.

The Administrative Office of the Courts announced that the jury will present its findings at 1:15 p.m. before Judge Annie O’Connell.

An announcement from Cameron is expected to follow, from the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort.

In preparation for the announcement, Louisville police have limited access to downtown and officials have closed federal buildings.

Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency Tuesday pending an announcement by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron regarding the Breonna Taylor case.

Cameron is expected to say publicly whether officers who shot and killed Taylor in her home on March 13 will face criminal charges. While the time and date of such an announcement are not known, the closure of federal buildings, downtown traffic restrictions and other measures indicate it may come soon.

Fischer said in a press release that he does not know when Cameron will address the issue.

Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Louisville police are blocking the area around the MetroSafe building and setting up no-parking zones downtown in advance of an announcement by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, and subsequent protests, regarding the Breonna Taylor case.

Cameron is expected to say soon whether officers who were a part of the fatal raid on Taylor’s apartment in March will face criminal charges.

Robert Schroeder, the interim Louisville Metro Police chief who is set to retire next month, declared a state of emergency for the department, and canceled days off and vacation days indefinitely, according to dual memos sent to the department Monday.

Stephanie Wolf

The city of Louisville will pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and adopt several policing reforms to settle the family’s wrongful death lawsuit, the city announced Tuesday afternoon.

The payment — the largest for police misconduct in city history — follows a months-long firestorm of protests, police reforms and demands for justice after the police shooting death of Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman and emergency room tech, who Louisville Metro Police officers shot and killed in March during an early morning raid at her apartment.

“Justice for Breonna is multilayered. What we were able to accomplish today through the civil settlement against the officers was tremendous, but it’s only a portion of a single layer,” said Taylor family attorney Lonita Baker. “It’s important to note here that a financial settlement was non-negotiable without significant police reform.”

Brescia University

Students at two Owensboro schools are sponsoring a ‘March for Justice’ on Saturday, in an effort to encourage unity after the deaths of several Black Americans by police.

The Sept. 12 march is a collaborative project of the Black Student Unions at Brescia University and Kentucky Wesleyan College

Brescia University Assistant Dean for Student Activities and Leadership Development, Patricia Lovett, said there’s been planning with administrators from both colleges and the police to make sure it’s a safe event. 

Jess Clark | WFPL

A coalition of activist groups is renewing their calls against the Kentucky Derby, a day before the 146th running at Churchill Downs.

Groups including Until Freedom and the Justice and Freedom Coalition are planning to protest near the track during Saturday’s races, which will be held without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic. Standing on Central Avenue Friday, organizers criticized what they called a provocative response from the city.

“Our reality is that it seems like nobody cares,” said Pastor Mario Martin of the Justice and Freedom Coalition. “How? Because they say ‘We’re going to allow peaceful protest.’ But then if you turn around and look, you see tanks. You see soldiers to stand in opposition to that.”

Sydney Boles | Ohio Valley ReSource

Kentucky’s senior U.S. Senator, Republican Mitch McConnell, said it’s not his job to weigh in on whether no-knock warrants should be banned statewide.

McConnell spoke in Lexington Tuesday, when the Kentucky Fraternal Order of the Police endorsed his re-election campaign. He addressed a bill, pre-filed by Democratic Rep. Attica Scott last month. It’s been called “Breonna’s Law for Kentucky” — Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in March by Louisville Metro Police officers carrying out a warrant with a provision that allowed them to enter her home without knocking.

“This whole debate over no knock warrants is a matter of law,” McConnell said Tuesday. “You either allow them or you don’t… whether it will be taken up at the state level, I don’t know. But that’s not an issue, I think, at the federal level.”

Kate Howard

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Sunday that his office now has the FBI ballistics report from the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Cameron referred to the new information as a “critical piece” of the investigation during an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, adding that more witness interviews still need to be conducted. Cameron said he will meet with FBI officials this week to review the report.

After the television interview, Cameron said on Twitter that his office doesn’t plan to announce any decisions on the case this week.

As Republican Sen. Rand Paul left the White House on Thursday night, he was surrounded by a group of protesters and was escorted by police to a nearby hotel.

Ryland Barton

State Rep. Charles Booker spoke at the March on Washington, D.C. on Friday, calling for demonstrators to continue demanding racial justice and accountability for police.

Booker ran for the Democratic nomination to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this year, but narrowly lost to retired Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath during the primary election in June.

Booker experienced a late surge in support during the race amid protests over the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

 


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