By Michael Hernandez
LOUISVILLE, KY—Chaos erupted after a Grand Jury opted to indict only one of the three Louisville police officers in the raid that led to the death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical worker, shot between five to eight times (reports still differ) by officers who entered her home using a no-knock warrant during a March 13 drug investigation. Former Sgt. Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of first degree wanton endangerment.
Meanwhile, an officer was shot during the riots that broke out earlier in the evening. The Louisville Metro Police Department announced it was putting barricades around the downtown perimeter where people have been concentrated. The Kentucky National Guard was also deployed in the city. Many protesters appeared prepared for demonstrations, unloading riot gear from a U-Haul truck while carrying signs and shouting “We didn’t get it, burn it down.”
“Justice is not often easy,” said 34-year-old Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron during a news conference in the state capital of Frankfort to explain the grand jury’s decision. “It does not fit the mold of public opinion, and it does not conform to shifting standards. Mob justice is not justice.” According to Matt Walsh: “The Black Lives Matter (narrative) is false every time.”
The grand jury, composed of 12 citizens, had the opportunity to consider multiple charges before coming up with the one indictment in the incident which resulted in Breonna Taylor’s shooting.
BLM-antifa rioters in Louisville attack officers putting out the fires on the Hall of Justice. Rioters throw projectiles at them. One officer is hit in the head and knocked to the ground. #BLM pic.twitter.com/x9ozmo27CD
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) September 24, 2020
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].