Agitators Snap Into Action Minutes After Grand Jury's Breonna Taylor Decision: 'Burn It Down!'

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Demonstrators took to the streets of Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday chanting, “Burn it down!” just moments after the announcement that no police officers would be charged in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a news conference that a grand jury had indicted former Louisville police Officer Brett Hankison on three counts of “wanton endangerment” for firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment through a sliding glass door and window, both of which were covered with blinds, The New York Times reported.

His actions during the March 13 narcotics raid on Taylor’s apartment were in violation of department policy, which requires officers to have a direct line of sight before discharging their weapons, Cameron said.

There was no evidence that Hankison’s gunfire hit Taylor.

However, the rounds traveled through the walls of the apartment behind Taylor’s, missing a pregnant woman, her husband and their 5-year old child, who were asleep, which is the basis of the three-count indictment against Hankison, Cameron said.

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The other two officers involved in the raid — Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — were not charged because their actions were justified in returning fire after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot at them, Cameron said.

One officer was struck in the exchange of gunfire.

Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, has become one of the faces of the Black Lives Matter movement, with supporters saying a no-knock search warrant issued for the raid was an example of abuse of police power.

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However, Cameron said during his news conference that a witness confirmed the police knocked and announced their presence before entering the apartment.

Protesters were not satisfied with the grand jury’s decision to not charge the officers in Taylor’s death.

Minutes after the announcement, large numbers began marching through downtown Louisville chanting, “We didn’t get it, burn it down!”

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“The crowd continues to grow out here,” independent journalist Brendan Gutenschwager reported.

Other demonstrators called to shut down one of the highways running through Louisville.

Another video captured a U-Haul rental truck showing up with items for demonstrators to use as they marched down the street.

Most city administrative buildings and businesses were boarded up prior to the decision, The Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also declared a state of emergency Tuesday in anticipation of the decision.

Taylor’s family received a $12 million wrongful death settlement from the city last week.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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