Protests continue in several U.S. cities over the court decided not to press charges against three policemen who shot a 26-year-old black girl.
The case of Brionne Taylor from Louisville is one of the most scandalous in the U.S. in recent times.
The girl was shot by policemen breaking into her house, but they were not charged. As a result, a new wave of protests swept through the country.
Murder in the house
Brionne Taylor, who worked as a nurse at a local clinic, was at her home on the night of March 14 in bed with a young man named Kenneth Walker. Shortly after midnight, there was a knock on the door. They were three plainclothes policemen from Louisville who arrived with a court search warrant.
Police received a signal that a former boyfriend of Breonna Taylor's, Jamarcus Glover, who had previously served time for drug trafficking, continued the activity and used the former girlfriend's house as a delivery point.
Breonna herself never had any problems with the law.
Because Taylor and Walker didn't open the door, the police beat her with a crowbar. The judge gave them a so-called вЂњorder without knockingвЂќ, allowing them to enter the room without warning. The officers claim they did not exercise this right and while they were outside the door, they shouted out Police! Neighbors, except for one, said they had heard nothing.
Kenneth Walker fired a pistol he had a permit for and shot one of the policemen, Jonathan Mattingley, in the leg, which subsequently required surgery. According to Walker, he decided that Jamarcus Glover broke into the house to make a scene.
The policemen returned fire. A total of 32 bullets were fired. Six of them hit Breonna Taylor, who jumped out of bed, and one was fatal. The woman died on the spot.
They found drugs in the house. Kenneth Walker was first charged with the attempted murder of a police officer, but in May, when the case went public, the case against him was dropped.
After reviewing all the circumstances of the case, the investigation and court concluded that police officers Jonathan Mattingley and Miles Cosgrove, who opened fire, acted in accordance with the principle of necessary defense. They will continue to serve.
The third policeman, Brett Hankison, who was out on the street for backup when his colleagues broke into the house, was charged with вЂњcriminal disregard for human life,вЂќ expressed in the indirect shooting at the windows of the Taylor house, with several bullets hitting the neighboring property. Under state law, he faces up to five years in prison. In June, he was dismissed from the police.
Breonna Taylor's relatives insisted that all three police officers be tried for willful or manslaughter. The family of the victim had previously received $12 million in compensation from Louisville authorities. Relatives saw the payment as an admission of police mistakes and hoped to see charges brought.
In Louisville, there were large-scale protests against the court ruling and two police officers were shot.
Protests were also held in New York, Washington, Atlanta, and Chicago. In Portland, Oregon, protesters damaged a police station and threw a Molotov cocktail at police officers.
Several prominent athletes, including American soccer player Colin Kapernik and National Basketball Association (NBA), stars Magic Johnson and Lebron James, resented the court's decision.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, called Prosecutor Daniel Cameron, who led the investigation, a вЂњstar,вЂќ and thanked him for вЂњa fantastic job is done. вЂњI think this is a brilliant decision,вЂќ the president said when asked about his attitude toward the jury verdict during a White House press briefing.