LOUISVILLE, KY – Only one police officer was criminally charged in connection to the death of Breonna Taylor who was accidentally shot and killed by Louisville Metropolitan Police in 2020.
That one officer was arrested, charged, and acquitted by a jury after roughly three hours of deliberations.
The jury got it right. This should have never gone to trial. https://t.co/ei40xaR8Ka
— Chris Ken (@ChrisKe00286287) March 5, 2022
In 2020, Democrats, liberals, protesters, and rioters wanted to see three officers put in prison for the killing of Breonna Taylor when Louisville Police officers executed a narcotics search warrant on her residence.
Everyone conveniently had ignored the fact that it was Taylor’s boyfriend who opened fire on the officers, striking one of them, that caused the officers to fire.
Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, III, claimed that he only opened fire on the officers because they did not knock and announce themselves as police officers with a warrant.
It’s something that was proven false during Taylor’s death investigation.
Walker, who many say should be the one held criminally liable for shooting a police officer and causing the death of Taylor, was never charged for his culpability.
After months of investigation, the only criminal charges that were levied against the three officers who were held accountable for the search warrant were against former Louisville Metropolitan Police Detective Brett Hankison.
Hankison was charged with three counts of aggravated assault after blindly firing into Taylor’s apartment which entered into her neighbor’s residence.
The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department terminated Hankison’s employment with the agency while he awaited trial which started the last week of February. The trial, which lasted five days, ended after roughly three hours of deliberation with a verdict of not guilty on all three counts he faced.
Stewart Matthews, Hankison’s attorney, was pleased in the outcome of the trial, saying:
“Justice was done. The verdict was proper and we’re thrilled. He was doing his job as a police officer…The jury felt like you go out and perform your duty and your brother officer gets shot, you have a right to defend yourself. Simple as that.”
BREAKING: former officer, Brett Hankison acquitted on all three charges of felony wanton endangerment in connection with Breonna Taylor raid. He testified yesterday pic.twitter.com/49DIW6LP7C
— Outspoken™️ (@Out5p0ken) March 3, 2022
During the trial, Hankison testified that he was not initially part of the narcotics investigation that led to officers executing the search warrant that evening but was told that there was only supposed to be one person inside. He said:
“There was only supposed to be one person in that apartment and now there was allegedly a dead girl inside and that’s not why we were there. We were there to get documents and/or items related to a boyfriend that was drug trafficking.”
That boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, was allegedly utilizing Taylor’s apartment before the shooting to receive narcotics that were being delivered through the mail and other sources. Once the drugs were dropped off at Taylor’s residence, he would either stop by and collect them or she would allegedly deliver them to him.
BREAKING: Brett Hankison, the only officer charged over the raid on Breonna Taylor's apartment, is found NOT GUILTY of endangering a family next door when several of the bullets he fired flew into their unit.
His bullets did not hit anyone.https://t.co/atVYmFn43G
— Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs (@NickAtNews) March 3, 2022
Taylor’s death sparked national outrage as members of the media, politicians, and ill-informed protesters and rioters claimed that the officers involved had murdered Taylor.
They went further into that argument saying that the officers busted in her door that night instead of announcing themselves as police officers with a warrant.
The outrage caused by this sparked protests and riots throughout the Louisville Metro area which spilled over to the night that Republican Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the shooting by two of the officers involved was justified.
Attorney General Cameron made his decision based upon the facts and evidence presented during the investigation which showed that the two officers merely opened fire to protect themselves after being fired upon by Walker.
On Thursday, March 3rd, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced the indictment against PGCPD Sergeant Shaun Urbina.
Sgt. Urbina has been charged and indicted on a misdemeanor charge of misconduct in office following the July 9, 2020 car pursuit that resulted in the deaths of a mother and her adult son.
In a statement, Braveboy said that civilians Lynda and Richard Jones, who were involved in the pursuit, “lost their lives as a result of the chase.”
Braveboy proceeded to call the pursuit unauthorized. She said in a statement:
“On July 9, 2020, Prince George’s Police Sergeant Shaun Urbina engaged in an unauthorized high-speed pursuit in Clinton, Maryland. A chase that resulted in the deaths of two involved civilians Lynda and Richard Jones.”
According to reports, the 39-year-old has served the PGCPD for 17 years, beginning his time in 2005. In July 2020, he was working as a ranking officer during the police pursuit in Clinton. Officers were pursuing an SUV that eventually crashed, killing the vehicle’s driver and passenger.
The incident occurred after a clerk at a gas station on Old Branch Avenue called police to report two individuals who were behaving strangely.
An officer responded to the scene and spoke with the two individuals before the driver, 62-year-old Lynda, sped off, leading police on a high-speed pursuit spanning close to seven miles.
The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed into multiple utility poles near the intersection of Tarquin Avenue and Old Branch Avenue. Lynda and her 42-year-old son, Richard, were both killed in the collision.
According to reports, Sgt. Urbina and four other officers were suspended after the fatal crash. The other four officers have all returned back to duty.
The state’s attorney’s office said indictments allege a crime has been committed, by that every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. An internal affairs investigation into the incident remains ongoing.
In a separate incident, a Tucson man beat and robbed his own mother before a police pursuit. The suspect, since identified as 44-year-old Joel Carter, has been accused of assaulting his mother, stealing from her, and leading police on a high-speed chase during the evening hours on Thursday, March 3rd.
Carter is facing charges of robbery, aggravated assault, and felony flight from law enforcement. Tucson police said that the incident started at a home near the intersection of East Blacklidge Drive and North Mountain Avenue.
Carter allegedly forced his way into the home, assaulted his mother and stole from her before fleeing in a white vehicle. Thankfully, the victim was not seriously injured. Officers attempted to pull Carter over near North First Avenue and Ina Roa, but he fled.
Carter allegedly hit speeds over 75 mph and ran several red lights during the chase. No officers or residents were injured during the high-speed chase.
In Seaford, Delaware, police arrested two men on Wednesday, March 2nd following a vehicle pursuit. Around 2 p.m., Delaware State Police were conducting proactive patrol on Old Furnace Road when they observed the driver of a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee not wearing his seatbelt.
Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as 18-year-old Tazieh Clemmons failed to stop. He then turned onto King Road where he stopped and fled on foot.
Troopers and a Delaware State Trooper K9 chased Clemmons, who was eventually taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. He was found in possession of 0.546 grams of heroin and $2,587 in suspected drug money.
Another trooper contacted with the front seat passenger of the vehicle, identified as 18-year-old Julius Cheers, who allegedly threw his cell phone and drug paraphernalia to the ground as he was removed from the vehicle and taken into custody.
Police identified a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car and a subsequent search led to the recovery of approximately 74.46 grams of marijuana and $146 in suspected drug money.
Clemmons has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, disregarding a police officer signal, resisting arrest, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on a $7,005 secured bond.
Cheers has been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was later released on a $3,000 unsecured bond.
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