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One officer indicted by Breonna Taylor grand jury

A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death.

A grand jury in Louisville announced that Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on the night of March 13.

Neither the grand jury nor the presiding judge elaborated on the charges. Bond was set at $15,000 for Hankison.

State Attorney General Daniel Cameron scheduled a news conference in the capital, Frankfort, to discuss the grand jury’s decision.

Protesters have consistently pressured him to act, and celebrities and pro athletes had joined them in calling on the attorney general to charge the police who shot Taylor.

Taylor, 26, was killed at approximately 12:40 a.m. on March 13 after police served a no-knock search warrant on her apartment for a narcotics investigation. Taylor was not the target of the investigation and had no criminal record.

Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot after police knocked down Taylor’s door, saying later that he was afraid assailants were breaking in. Three officers responded with multiple shots, with five hitting and killing Taylor in her hallway.

Hankison was fired, and the others were assigned to administrative duties. The police contend that they announced their presence before breaking in.

On Sept. 15, the city settled a lawsuit against the three officers brought by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, agreeing to pay her $12 million and enact police reforms.

Protesters across the country have demanded justice for Taylor and other Black people killed by police in recent months.

The WNBA dedicated its season to Taylor and the Say Her Name movement. Before the opening game of the WNBA season in July, the New York Liberty and Seattle Storm held a 26-second long moment of silence. Taylor was 26 at the time she was killed. Her name is on the back of team jerseys, and has been inked in on shoes in both the WNBA and NBA, and NFL players were allowed to wear a helmet decal with her name during season openers.

“We are dedicating this season to Breonna Taylor, an outstanding EMT who was murdered over 130 days ago in her home,” Liberty player Layshia Clarendon said in July.

After a $12 million civil settlement was reached between Taylor’s estate and the city of Louisville, WNBA players again pushed for the officers’ arrest.

“This is a step. But this isn’t what our goal was,” Los Angeles Sparks player Candace Parker said. “And obviously, we wear Breonna Taylor’s name on the back of our jersey, but she represents so many other women that have been killed because of police brutality. You know, as a mother, there’s no amount of money, no amount of money, that could take that [loss] away. So I don’t think that does anything.”

NBA players dedicated their post-game interviews to Taylor.

“I want to continue to shed light on justice for Breonna Taylor and to her family and everything that’s going on with that situation,” Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James said at a news conference in July from the NBA bubble in Florida. He added: “We want the cops arrested who committed that crime.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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