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