No charges on po­lice in Bre­onna Tay­lor killing; pro­test­ers take to streets.

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Dy­lan Lo­van and Piper Hud­speth Black­burn Dy­lan Lo­van and Piper Hud­speth Black­burn are As­so­ci­ated Press writ­ers.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hours af­ter a Ken­tucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville po­lice for Bre­onna Tay­lor’s death and pro­test­ers took to the streets, au­thor­i­ties said two of­fi­cers were shot and wounded Wed­nes­day night dur­ing the demon­stra­tions ex­press­ing anger over the killings of Black peo­ple at the hands of po­lice.

In­terim Louisville Po­lice Chief Robert Schroeder said a sus­pect was in cus­tody but did not of­fer de­tails about whether that per­son was par­tic­i­pat­ing in the demon­stra­tions. He says both of­fi­cers are ex­pected to re­cover, and one is un­der­go­ing surgery.

He says the of­fi­cers were shot af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of gun­fire at an in­ter­sec­tion where there was a large crowd.

Sev­eral shots rang out as pro­test­ers in down­town Louisville tried to avoid po­lice block­ades, mov­ing down an al­ley­way as of­fi­cers lobbed pep­per balls. Peo­ple cov­ered their ears, ran away and fran­ti­cally looked for places to hide. Po­lice with long guns swarmed the area, then of­fi­cers in riot gear and mil­i­tary­style ve­hi­cles blocked off road­ways.

The vi­o­lence comes af­ter pros­e­cu­tors said two of­fi­cers who fired their weapons at Tay­lor, a Black woman, were jus­ti­fied in us­ing force to pro­tect them­selves af­ter they faced gun­fire from her boyfriend. The only charges were three counts of wan­ton en­dan­ger­ment against fired Of­fi­cer Brett Hanki­son for shoot­ing into a home next to Tay­lor’s with peo­ple inside.

The FBI is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­ten­tial vi­o­la­tions of fed­eral law in con­nec­tion with the raid at Tay­lor’s home on March 13.

Ben Crump, a lawyer for Tay­lor’s fam­ily, de­nounced the de­ci­sion as “out­ra­geous and of­fen­sive,” and pro­test­ers shout­ing, “No jus­tice, no peace!” im­me­di­ately marched through the streets.

Scuf­fles broke out be­tween po­lice and pro­test­ers, and some were ar­rested. Of­fi­cers fired flash bangs and a few small fires burned in a square that’s been at the cen­ter of protests, but it had largely cleared out ahead of a cur­few.

De­mon­stra­tors also marched in the Bay Area and in cities like New York, Chicago, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., At­lanta and Philadel­phia.

Tay­lor, an emer­gency med­i­cal worker, was shot mul­ti­ple times by white of­fi­cers who en­tered her home on a no­knock war­rant dur­ing a nar­cotics in­ves­ti­ga­tion. State At­tor­ney Gen­eral Daniel Cameron, how­ever, said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed the of­fi­cers an­nounced them­selves be­fore en­ter­ing. The war­rant was con­nected to a sus­pect who did not live there, and no drugs were found.

The an­nounce­ment drew sad­ness, frus­tra­tion and anger that the grand jury did not go fur­ther. The wan­ton en­dan­ger­ment charges each carry a sen­tence of up to five years.

Gov. Andy Bes­hear, a Demo­crat, said he au­tho­rized a lim­ited de­ploy­ment of the Na­tional Guard. He also urged Cameron, the state at­tor­ney gen­eral, to post on­line all the ev­i­dence that could be re­leased without af­fect­ing the charges filed.

“Those that are cur­rently feel­ing frus­tra­tion, feel­ing hurt, they de­serve to know more,” he said.

Cameron, who is the state’s first Black at­tor­ney gen­eral, said the of­fi­cers acted in self­de­fense af­ter Tay­lor’s boyfriend fired at them. He added that Hanki­son and the two other of­fi­cers who en­tered Tay­lor’s apart­ment an­nounced them­selves be­fore en­ter­ing — and so did not ex­e­cute the war­rant as “no knock,” ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The city has since banned such war­rants.

Cameron, who is a Repub­li­can, is a pro­tege of Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell and has been tagged by some as his heir ap­par­ent. His was also one of 20 names on Pres­i­dent Trump’s list to fill a fu­ture Supreme Court va­cancy.

Bran­don Bell / Getty Im­ages

De­mon­stra­tors in Louisville, Ky., em­brace each other af­ter hear­ing the grand jury de­ci­sion in the Bre­onna Tay­lor in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Noah Berger / Spe­cial to The Chronicle

Harold Hardin joins other pro­test­ers ral­ly­ing for Bre­onna Tay­lor at Lake Mer­ritt in Oak­land.

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