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West Michigan reacts to grand jury report in Breonna Taylor case

Felony charge against Breonna Taylor protesters dropped
Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 20:22:25-04

WEST MICHIGAN — West Michigan is reacting to a grand jury report released today in the Breonna Taylor case.

One officer, Brett Hankison, is being charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into the apartments of Taylor's neighbors. The other two officers involved in the shooting, Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, are not facing charges.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said today the state could not pursue charges against Mattingly and Cosgrove, because their use of force was “justified to protect themselves” after being fired upon by Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.

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Taylor's cousin, Tawanna Gordon, talked with FOX 17 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids this evening.

"There was negligence that night," Gordon said. "They shot one time in defense, because they thought someone was coming into their apartment."

A group of people gathered in downtown Kalamazoo at around 5:30 p.m. for a protest for Taylor.

A Justice for Breonna Taylor protest started at 7 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle, according to a Facebook post on the event.

The city of Grand Rapids also issued a statement today on the Taylor case.

"We see you, we hear you and we support you," the city said. "We feel her loss, too. This is her hometown. She is one of us, and we are grieving with her family and our community. We are in this together."

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