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People gather in Jefferson Square awaiting word on charges against police officers, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. A grand jury has indicted one officer on criminal charges six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in Kentucky. The jury presented its decision against fired officer Brett Hankison Wednesday to a judge in Louisville, where the shooting took place.(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
By The Skanner News
Published: 23 September 2020

WASHINGTON—Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s announcement on the grand jury’s findings regarding the police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor in her home earlier this year:

“Breonna Taylor was murdered in her home, due to the poor judgment and irresponsible actions of Louisville Metropolitan police officers who barged into her home to execute a search warrant, shooting her and her boyfriend in the process. Today’s disappointing and appalling decision to charge just one officer with three counts of wanton endangerment is inadequate and demonstrates the urgent need for transformative policy changes that reimagines public safety and limits the role, scope, and responsibilities of police in our society. 

“We will continue to demand accountability from law enforcement agencies and officers who make such devastating life and death decisions with little concern for the safety and security of the very public they are charged with protecting and serving. We will continue to work to change the laws, practices, and culture of impunity that impedes real police accountability.

"Attorney General Daniel Cameron must release the grand jury report and show what evidence was presented.

"Our thoughts are with Breonna's family and loved ones and all who grapple with the immense painfulness of today’s announcement."

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

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