Two police officers were shot during a protest in Louisville after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that no officers would be charged directly in the police killing of Breonna Taylor.
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment after bullets he “blindly” fired into Taylor’s apartment struck a wall adjoining her neighbors’ apartment while they were inside.
Neither of the other two officers involved in the shooting were indicted.
Cameron said that a single witness corroborated the officers’ claim that they announced themselves before entering the apartment, though a dozen other neighbors have disputed this.
The other two officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove, were “justified in their use of force,” Cameron said, because they returned fire to protect themselves when Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker opened fire because he says he thought someone was breaking in.
Cameron said the FBI is still investigating potential civil rights related to the no knock warrant that led to the shooting.
Police officers shot:
Two Louisville police officers were shot during protests after the decision was announced.
Both officers are expected to recover. One of the officers was in surgery on Wednesday night.
Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said that a suspect was in custody but did not provide any further details.
He said the officers were shot after investigating reports of gunfire.
Trump offers to help:
“Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky,” the president tweeted on Wednesday. “The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help.”
Trump said he spoke to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and is prepared to send federal reinforcements “immediately upon request.”
Beshear already deployed 500 National Guard troops to Louisville ahead of the protest.
“We know that the answer to violence is never violence and we are thinking of those two officers and their families,” Beshear said.