No homicide charges in Breonna Taylor case met with outrage

There is public outrage in Louisville after a Kentucky grand jury indicted one of three officers in the Breonna Taylor case, but not in her death.
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Good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a Wednesday night. We have a lot to get to. That tribute to justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. What the chief justice John Roberts said today. And that tense exchange on capitol hill involving Dr. Anthony Fauci. But we begin tonight in Louisville at this hour, after the grand jury's decision in the death of breonna Taylor, indicting one of three officers, but not in her death. Breonna Taylor, a Louisville emt, was shot dead after officers serving a warrant opened fire. A grand jury weighing charges against the three officers on the scene, indicting one of them. Not in her death, indicting the officer on three counts of wanton endanrment in the first degree against now former officer Brett Hankinson for shooting into Taylor's apartment, charged because of the bullets that threatened neighboring tenants. Tonight, the lawyer for Taylor's family calling the decision outrageous and offensive. You can see protesters there in the streets. The National Guard is standing by. There is a curfew in place for the next 72 hours. And ABC's Alex Perez now leading us off from Louisville. Reporter: Tonight, outraged protesters taking to the streets of Louisville after a grand jury indicted one of the three officers involved in the fatal shooting of breonna Taylor. But not in her death. I'm very, very sad. Very, very mad. Reporter: Police detaining multiple demonstrators. That now former officer, Brett hankyson, charged with allegedly endangering neighbors in breonna's apartment complex after he violated department police, opening fire without a clear aim or shot. Detective Hankinson fired his weapon ten times, including from an outside sliding glass door and through a bedroom window. Reporter: Hankison indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first none of the charges are connected to breonna's death. The grand jury finding the two other officers involved in the botched March 13th raid, detective Myles Cosgrove, who shot 16 times and sergeant John Mattingly, who shot six times, were justified in firing their weapons. The sequence of events from March 13th had to be pieced together through ballistics evidence, 911 calls, police radio traffic and interviews. Reporter: Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth walker said he fired a warning shot from his legally owned gun because police did not announce themselves when they barged in that night, executing a search warrant. The attorney general saying a civilian witness said officers did not and identified themselves. When officers were unable to get anyone to answer or open the door to apartment four, the decision was made to breach the door. Reporter: Mattingly, the only officer to enter the apartment, saw breonna and walker. He says that the male was holding a gub gun, arms extended in a shooting stance. Sergeant Mattingly saw the man's gun fire, heard a boom and immediately knew he was shot. Reporter: That's when, authorities say, the officers opened fire, killing breonna. Our investigation showed and the grand jury agreed that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their return of deadly fire after having been fired upon by Kenneth walker. Reporter: He said his investigation did not examine how that warrant was obtained. The grand jury decision, demonstrators say, not enough. Many overcome with emotion hearing the news today. In my heart, it doesn't feel like there's any justice for breonna and that's because they never brought up any murder charges. Reporter: Breonna's family attorney, in a statement, calling today's decision "Offensive" and "Another example of no accountability for the genocide of persons of color by white police officers." This comes more than 24 hours after Mattingly sent an email to LMPD personnel obtained by ABC affiliate WHAs, writing, "I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night. It's sad how the good guys are demonized and criminals are con nonized." Tonight, the Kentucky governor activating the National Guard in Louisville and an evening curfew in place. All right, so, let's get to Alex Perez with us from Louisville tonight. And Alex, I know there's late reaction just coming in from president trump tonight and word from Joe Biden? Reporter: Yeah, that's right, David. Late today, the president, president trump saying he was praising the attorney general here of Kentucky and vice president Joe Biden calling on protesters to remain nonviolent. Now, much of downtown Louisville right now looks like this, completely boarded up. Authorities here bracing for whatever is to come. All right, Alex Perez leading us off tonight. Alex, thank you. The other officers named in the breonna Taylor case still face a police department inquiry and and FBI investigation. So, let's bring in our chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas in Washington tonight. What are you learning tonight about the federal investigation? Reporter: David, the FBI told us today they're investigating all aspects of breonna Taylor's case, that agents are consults with the justice department's civil rights division. One thing that the FBI is looking at is whether the search warrant that brought police to Taylor's home was legal. There are allegations that one of the officers gave false information to the court concerning whether the postal service was seeing suspicious packages coming to the home. So, David, the postal service has said to a local outlet that there was no evidence of that. Lots of questions about whether the civil rights of Taylor were violated. Pierre, thank you. We're going to turn now to

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