PistolPete wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:21 pm
Tonight is a night to focus on safety friends, and that likely holds true through the weekend. The decision by the grand jury in Louisville has people really fired up, more than I've seen with other specific incidents. Whatever you and I believe, the people who take to the streets saw the Breonna Taylor incident as a clean cut murder and see a lack of any related charges to be a slap in the face to any sort of justice. That has the protesters more likely to do stupid and violent things than most nights. Again, understanding their perspective is key, people are angry enough to fight over this one, where in previous incidents they've just been angry enough to yell for the most part. (not including the people who show up to break shit, they are omnipresent and always looking for an excuse) The tone in the discussions that I've seen is different this time.
Be prepared for this to fire up in most urban areas, there's already events starting in my city. I've spoke with dozens of the protesters this year and I really see this event going uglier than most. Good luck, watch your six and stay safe! This is the event that I see as coming closest to inspiring people to act to make the title of this thread come true of all we have seen so far. Remember that your life is worth more than property and don't let ego put you in a position where you are facing down a mob. The zombie euphemism is poignant today- never try to fight off a stagger of zombies by yourself- retreat and live to fight another day.
All good advice.
There were 3 felony counts not just one.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron delivered the decision during a news conference Wednesday.
Cameron said a witness confirmed that the police officers knocked and announced their presence before entering the apartment.
“The grand jury voted to return an indictment against Hankison for three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree,” he said, adding that his office is prepared to prove the charges in a trial.
The other two officers — Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — were not charged because their actions were justified in returning fire as Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at them.
Hankinson’s indictment, the only one expected in the case, related to the discharging of his firearm in a manner that endangered individuals in apartments surrounding Taylors’ apartment and does not directly relate to Taylor’s death. According to Kentucky law, somebody can be found guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree “when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.”
The 12 grand jurors decided that the 10 rounds fired blindly by the indicted officer were unnecessary and thus wanton. Hence that indictment. I would tend to agree with that.
However since a witness confirmed that the police announced their presence AND the boyfriend fired the first shot, that the returned fire was justifiable and hence not negligent and wanton.
The other 11 witnesses said no such announcement was made.
The LEOs fired 20 rounds and hit Ms. Taylor 5 times. They however missed the boyfriend shooting at them while he was on a 911 call contacting the police.
That said Ms. taylor was clearly wrongfully killed in the crossfire because she was the one answering the door.
I see no decent answers in this matter.
I see lessons galore but no good answers...and no way to make this right.
IMO the city got off cheap with a $12 million settlement.