Louisville braces for further protests as grand jury makes decision on Breonna Taylor death

A grand jury made its decision in the trial against three Kentucky police officers associated with the death of Breonna Taylor (https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/517818-grand-jury-brings-no-charges-against-officers-in-breonna-taylor-death). The officers were not charged in the death of Taylor. Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, however these charges were not related to Taylor's death. Each of these counts are Class D felonies and Hankison could serve five years per charge.

The initial event occurred back on March 13 when officers executed a warrant and forcibly entered Taylor's apartment, looking for two men who had been suspected of selling controlled substances and running a drug house. Fire was exchanged between the police and the residents including Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Taylor was shot five times, dying shortly after.

In the aftermath of the event officer Hankison was fired by the LMPD for "display[ing] an extreme indifference to the value of human life". Both peaceful protests and riots spread throughout major cities in America over the following months. Political leaders, artists, and athletes have spoken out in support of the Taylor family and have called for justice to be served. In June Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a bill banning no-knock warrants. The family recently accepted a $12 million settlement with the stipulation that efforts would be made to reform police training and practices.

The City of Louisiville has already prepared for the backlash. The LMPD issued an emergency declaration and set up barricades around the downtown area. The area and many other major cities will more than likely see increased outbreaks of violence over the next few days. Civil unrest has been the theme across the nation over the past few months. Some are hopeful that tensions will subside after the election season or even after lockdowns are eased, however others have said that the protests and even violence will not end until justice is served.

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