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Wisconsinites react after no Louisville officers are charged in Breonna Taylor's killing

Felony charge against Breonna Taylor protesters dropped
Posted at 4:21 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 17:21:57-04

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsinites are reacting after no Louisville, Kentucky police officers were directly charged in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

One of the officers, Brett Hankison, is instead being charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into the apartments of Taylor's neighbors.

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) posted to Twitter, writing that "Let’s be clear: Breonna Taylor and her family still need justice. Three counts of wanton endangerment for one police officer is not enough. We need real and systemic changes in our policing system."

Sedan Smith, the brother of Sylville Smith, who was shot and killed by Milwaukee police in 2016, called people to hold a moment of solidarity at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

"At the courthouse waiting for the group to come shut it down calling all hoods and all organizations to milwaukee couthouse BREONNA TAYLOR DESERVES JUSTICE," Smith wrote in a post to Facebook.

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, while not from Wisconsin, also expressed outrage on social media today. Crump is attorney not only for Taylor's family but also for the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot by Kenosha police last month.

"With all we know about Breonna Taylor’s killing... how could a fair and just system result in today’s decision... Today’s indictment is outrageous and offensive to Breonna Taylor’s memory, yet another example of no accountability for police," Crump wrote.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) also posted to Twitter, writing: "194 days since Breonna Taylor was killed in her home by police and the result is only one officer charged—and not even for her murder. This is injustice. Breonna Taylor's life mattered."

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