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Re­ac­tion: Tay­lor’s fam­ily mem­ber “mad as hell” be­cause nothing is chang­ing, she says.

- Tessa Du­vall and Jonathan Bulling­ton Louisville Courier Jour­nal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For nearly 200 ag­o­niz­ing days, Bre­onna Tay­lor’s fam­ily has waited to know if three Louisville po­lice of­fi­cers would face charges in her death. On Wed­nes­day, they got their an­swer, and it wasn’t what they had hoped for.

Tay­lor’s cousin Tawanna Gordon watched with tears in her eyes as Ken­tucky At­tor­ney Gen­eral Daniel Cameron an­nounced that only one of the of­fi­cers was in­dicted by a grand jury, but not for killing Tay­lor.

“I’m not sur­prised,” Gordon, 45, told The Louisville Courier Jour­nal. “But I’m mad as hell be­cause nothing’s chang­ing. … To­day’s de­ci­sion was an ad­di­tional in­jus­tice on our fam­ily and this coun­try. Un­til Amer­i­cans start get­ting mad enough and speak­ing out and forc­ing leg­is­la­tors to change the laws for all races, nothing is go­ing to change.

“And it needs to hap­pen now. Not to­mor­row, but to­day.”

In his news con­fer­ence, Cameron said he met with Tay­lor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, and other fam­ily mem­bers. “Ev­ery day this fam­ily wakes up to the re­al­iza­tion some­one they loved is no longer with them,” he said. “There’s nothing I can of­fer to­day to take away the grief and heartache this fam­ily is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.”

Palmer left with­out talk­ing to me­dia, but she has con­sis­tently called for Sgt. Jonathan Mat­tingly, De­tec­tive Myles Cos­grove and for­mer De­tec­tive Brett Hanki­son to be fired, ar­rested and charged for her daugh­ter’s March 13 death.

“It’s time to move for­ward with the crim­i­nal charges, be­cause she de­serves that and much more,” Palmer said last week.

But only Hanki­son was in­dicted by the grand jury.

“They failed you, they failed me,” Tay­lor’s sister, Ju­niyah Palmer, wrote on Twit­ter af­ter the an­nounce­ment. “Bre­onna i am so sorry … i don’t know what to do.”

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