We knew it was going to happen.
Yet despite having months to mentally prepare ourselves for the inevitable, it still rattled almost every last one of us to our core: there would be no justice for Breonna Taylor.
As previously reported at The Root:
On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted former Louisville Metro police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment. According to CNN, no charges were announced for Det. Myles Cosgrove or Sgt. John Mattingly—who recently sent an email to his colleagues denouncing the investigation and claiming he and his fellow officers did the “legal, moral and ethical thing that night.”—the other two officers involved in the fatal shooting that began with the botched serving of a drug warrant.
In the time since the verdict was announced, I’ve failed miserably at trying to comprehend how you can be charged for potentially killing someone after actually doing so. Then I remembered I live in America, the same country I once fought for as a member of the United States Air Force, and it all made sense:
“Way to really rub it in,” Sam Aguiar, a Louisville, Ky., based injury lawyer, posted on Facebook. “Three counts for the shots into the apartment of the white neighbors, but no counts for the shots into the apartment of the black neighbors upstairs above Breonna’s. Let alone everything else you got wrong.”