Fired Louisville officer indicted in connection with Breonna Taylor case

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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UPDATED 3:20 PM PT – Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced charges against one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case. Former Louisville Police Sergeant Brett Hankison has been charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for accidentally shooting into the apartment next door during the altercation.

According to Cameron, the warrant served by officers was not a no-knock warrant. Officers announced themselves and entered after no one came to the door.

The attorney general explained Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at officers as they entered. Three of the officers then returned fire.

Cameron reiterated officers’ use of force was justified under Kentucky law, as they were protecting themselves after being fired upon. He went on to announce a new task force will be established to prevent these incidents in the future.

“When tragedy occurs, we must mourn (and) we must also do everything we can to prevent it from happening again,” he said. “Today, consistent with that view, I’m announcing that I will create a task force to review the process for securing, reviewing and executing search warrants in Kentucky.”

Police and protesters converge during a demonstration, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

In the meantime, protests have started up in Louisville, Kentucky. Angry demonstrators have demanded that the police officers involved face a harsher punishment.

The city’s mayor issued a curfew for 9 p.m. local time and declared a state of emergency prior to the announcement “due to the potential for civil unrest.”

Four wheeled military vehicles enter the city ahead of a 9:00 pm curfew, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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