A Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong. Prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at the Black woman were justified in using force to protect themselves, the Associated Press reports. The only charges brought by the grand jury were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor’s neighbors’ homes during the raid on the night of March 13. The FBI is still investigating potential violations of federal law. Taylor family lawyer Ben Crump denounced the decision as “outrageous and offensive,” and protesters shouting, “No justice, no peace!” began marching through the streets. Some sat quietly and wept.
The charges drew immediate sadness, frustration and anger that the grand jury did not go further. “Justice has NOT been served,” tweeted Linda Sarsour of Until Freedom, a group that has pushed for charges in the case. Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by officers who entered her home on no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant used to search her home was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found. The use of no-knock warrants has since been banned by Louisville’s Metro Council. The case exposed the wide gulf between public opinion on justice for those who kill Black, and the laws under which those officers are charged, which regularly favor police. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said officers acted in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend fired at them. He added that Hankison and the two other officers who entered Taylor’s apartment announced themselves before entering, and so did not execute the warrant as “no-knock.”