Three officers fired a total of 32 shots, Cameron said. Cartridges fired by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove punched Ms Taylor, he said, while Mr Hankison fired 10 shots, none of which hit Ms Taylor.
Mr Hankison shot the patio door and sliding glass patio door of Ms Taylor’s apartment building, both of which were covered in blinds, in violation of a departmental policy requiring officers to have a line of sight. Some of the bullets entered a neighboring apartment where a pregnant woman, her husband and their 5-year-old were sleeping. Mr Hankison was dismissed from his post, with a dismissal letter stating that he showed “extreme indifference to the value of human life”.
Ms Taylor’s name and image have been part of the national movement against racial injustice since May, with celebrities writing open letters and erecting billboards demanding that white officers be charged with criminal charges. Ms Palmer sued the city of Louisville for wrongful death and received a $ 12 million settlement last week. But she and her lawyers insisted that anything less than murder charges would suffice, a demand echoed by protesters across the country.
Ben Crump, an attorney for the family, wrote on Twitter that the failure to charge a police officer with killing Ms Taylor was “outrageous and offensive.” Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky and Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, both Democrats, called on the Attorney General, a Republican, to post as much evidence as possible online for the public to review.
Many legal experts said before the charges were announced that indictments for Ms. Taylor’s murder would be unlikely, given the state’s status allowing citizens to use lethal force in self-defense. John W. Stewart, a former Kentucky assistant attorney general, said he believed at least Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were protected by this law.
“As an African American, as someone who has myself been the victim of police misconduct, arrested and profiled, I know how people feel,” Mr. Stewart said. “I’ve been there, but I was also a prosecutor, and emotions can’t play a role here.