BREONNA Taylor protesters have clashed with cops as fury erupts after no officers are charged over her death.
Louisville officer Brett Hankison was charged on Wednesday with three counts of wanton endangerment – but this was related to the stray shots fired into the apartments of Breonna's neighbors.
The news led to anger breaking out across the city, with reports of several arrests being made and tear gas being deployed on protesters.
The indictment was handed down nearly 200 days after Taylor was fatally shot in a hail of bullets during a botched police investigation that targeted a drug dealer who lived 10 miles away in Kentucky.
Hankinson, who was fired from LMPD in June, will be held on $15,000 bond.
Officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were not charged in Taylor's death, and no homicide or manslaughter charges were brought forward.
Taylor's devastated family lamented the decision, as they had hoped for manslaughter charges.
Wanton endangerment is a class D felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $10,000.
It is a lesser charge than both manslaughter and murder.
Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Taylor's family, slammed the indictment as "outrageous and offensive" following the announcement.
"If Brett Hankison's behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor's apartment too," Crump said.
Actress Viola Davis, who launched a campaign calling for justice in Taylor's death, called the announcement a "bulls**t decision."
The National Guard was deployed to Louisville to aid local cops in preparing for possible protests over the lack of charges.
Massive trucks drove into the city's downtown area amid precautions for potential violence.
NBC News correspondent Blayne Alexander shared footage of the scene in Louisville following the controversial announcement.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron released the results of his office's ballistics report, which determined that the three LMPD cops didn't conduct a no-knock search warrant.
"Officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment", said Cameron, who added that an "independent witness near Taylor's apartment" corroborates his office's findings.
According to Kentucky law, the use of force by (Officers Jonathan Mattingly and (Myles) Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves.
The AG also revealed that neither Hankison nor Mattingly had any involvement in obtaining the search warrant for Taylor's home, although his investigation didn't include how it was acquired.
The charges against Hankinson stemmed from shots he fired that hit or endangered three people in neighboring apartments, not Taylor.
Hankison’s shots at Taylor weren't fatal, Cameron said later Wednesday.
The single fatal shot was fired by Officer Myles Cosgrove, but his use of force was “justified,” according to the AG.
Taylor "would have died within a few seconds to two mins of being shot," he added.
In a statement released Wednesday, the attorney of Sgt Mattingly called Taylor's shooting a "tragedy."
But he also claimed that the officers didn't act in an "unprofessional" matter in the fatal shooting.
"They did their duty, performed their roles as law enforcement officers and, above all, did not break the law," the statement reads.
Ahead of the grand jury's decision, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a 72-hour curfew for his city beginning at 6.30pm Wednesday.
The curfew was enforced hours after Fischer declared a state of emergency "due to the potential for civil unrest."
"Our goal is ensuring space and opportunity for potential protesters to gather and express their First Amendment rights after the announcement," Fischer said in a statement.
"At the same time, we are preparing for any eventuality to keep everyone safe."
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