No war on cops? Rioters smash Seattle officer over head with steel bat, throw explosives at police

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SEATTLE, WA- On Wednesday, September 23rd, the verdict in the Breonna Taylor case was released, and the already fueled rioters flipped out.

The grand jury indicted Brett Hankison for wanton endangerment, for firing into neighboring apartments, and did not charge two other officers who were involved.

Under Kentucky law, someone is guilty of wanton endangerment if they commit an act that shows “an extreme indifference to the value of human life”.

This lowest-level felony offence can come with a five-year sentence for each count. Hankison was charged on three counts.

This verdict caused the already existing riots to become heightened, and the cities that saw riots dissipate were struck once again. 

Seattle in particular saw an extreme riot, where 13 people were arrested, and multiple officers were injured. 

One particular officer was struck in the back of his helmet at full force, with a baseball bat by a protester. 

According to a press release on the Seattle Police Department Website:

“Officers identified the individual who threw the explosive and attempted to arrest the person. As a group off bike officers attempted to make the arrest they were then assaulted with bottles and rocks. Police deployed pepper spray and blast balls in an attempt to create space between the officers and the protestors.

“The group of protestors again moved through the streets setting dumpsters on fire and throwing explosives at officers.

“In total, officers arrested 13 individuals for charges ranging from property destruction, resisting arrest and failure to disperse as well as assault on an officer.

“Multiple officers were injured to include one who was struck in the head with a baseball bat cracking his helmet.”

 

Pictures courtesy of the Seattle Police Department website.

No war on cops? Rioters smash Seattle officer over head with steel bat, throw explosives at police

Anyone with information that can assist with the arrest of the individual swinging the baseball bat, is urged to call the tip line at 206-233-5000.

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Another city that saw violent riots in the wake of the Breonna Taylor verdict, was Louisville, where an officer was shot. 

LOUISVILLE, KY-  Breaking news reports are coming in that an officer has been shot and wounded in downtown Louisville.

The shooting was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department Wednesday evening, and said it happened just before 8:30 p.m. around South Brook and East Broadway.

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It’s unknown what the condition of the officer is at this time.

This comes just hours after the announcement in the Breonna Taylor investigation.

In that announcement, we learned that one of three officers involved in shooting of Breonna Taylor in March 2020 has been indicted on criminal charges.

Officer Brett Hankison was fired earlier this year. He was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.  His bond was set at $15,000. 

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were NOT indicted by the grand jury.

For the past week, Louisville has been gearing up for the likelihood of “unrest” from the decision.

For months now, protestors have attacked how long the investigation has taken.  They’ve also demanded the arrests of all officers involved.

In anticipation of what’s to come in the city, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder announced a 72-hour countywide curfew starting 9 p.m.

Government buildings will be also be closed.

Schroeder, in anticipation of anarchy, has already activated the Kentucky National Guard.

“I urge everyone to commit once again to a peaceful, lawful response, like we’ve seen here for the majority of the past several months,” Fisher said.

Prior to the decision being handed down, the city and the police department had already declared states of emergency.

They’ve set up barricades restricting vehicle access to downtown areas and we’ve seen stores and restaurants board up their windows in anticipation.

The federal buildings aren’t just closed for the curfew – they’re down for the week.

Protesters started gathering Wednesday morning in the city – hours before the expected announcement.

Across the country, outrage has exploded with chants of “say her name” and demands to arrest the officers.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first black person to hold the post and a Republican rising star, was made tapped to be a special prosecutor in the case in May.  The FBI opened an investigation as well.

Just one day after the grand jury convened, one of the officers involved in the shooting fired off a mass email to the department defending his actions and slamming the leadership in the city.

In June, Det. Brett Hankison was fired.  The reason given was “wantonly and blindly” firing into Taylor’s apartment, according to Louisville’s police chief.

On Tuesday, LMPD said six officers involved in the incident are under internal investigation.

On September 15th, the city of Louisville announced a historic $12 million settlement of the family’s wrongful death lawsuit.

On top of that, the city also agreed to enact police reforms.

Those using social workers to provide support on certain police runs and requiring commanders to review and approve search warrants before seeking judicial approval.

Earlier this month, leaked documents from the investigation of the Breonna Taylor officer-involved shooting showed the close relationship Taylor and her ex-boyfriend, convicted drug dealer Jamarcus Glover actually had.

According to reports, 39-pages of documents were leaked just two days before bench warrants were issued for Glover. The documents included transcripts of recorded prison phone conversations between Glover and Taylor.

The transcripts also included recorded conversations between Glover and another woman, whom he told Taylor was hold drug money for him. On August 27th, being a convicted drug trafficker, Glover was arrested on new drug charges. 

According to police, Glover was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections after warrants were issued for his arrest the previous month on charges including trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

An excerpt from the leaked documents showed that back on February 14, 2020, Glover’s car was towed for a parking violation. Allegedly, Glover tried to file a complaint against the officer and gave Taylor’s phone number as his own.

Six days later, detectives from the Place Based Investigation (PBI) team verified through a database that Glover was using Taylor’s home address, 3003 Springfield Drive as well.

On February 24, 2020, the documents further verified the link between Taylor’s home and Glover:

“Detectives received Jamarcus Glover’s bank records from Chase Bank. On these bank statements, Jamarcus Glover used 3003 Springfield Drive, #4, Louisville, KY 40214 as his mailing address.”

According to reports, Glover, who, in addition to his 2015 drug trafficking conviction had several other pending drug and weapon cases against him, was named on the March 13th warrant that sent officers to Taylor’s apartment.

A man named Adrian Walker was also named on the warrant.

The leaked documents also said that mail addressed to Glover was among some of the items seized from Taylor’s apartment following the shooting.

Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police President Ryan Nichols said that summary reports are normally a part of a criminal investigation.

In another part of the leaked document, it stated that on January 2, 2020, the PBI team saw Glover pull up to a suspected drug house in Taylor’s car. The team was conducting surveillance on that suspect drug house, which was described as a “trap house.”

The document included pictures of Taylor’s car at the scene.

The following day, January 3rd, 2020, the documents revealed a phone call transcript between Glover, who was incarcerated at the time, and Taylor. In the conversation they talk about Walker, another suspect in the case who was also the third person named on the Taylor warrant.

During the call, Glover said:

“You talk to Doug (Adrian Walker)?”

Taylor responded:

“Yeah, I did. He said he was already back at the trap.”

In a conversation a few hours later, Glover thanked Taylor for checking on him.

Taylor said:

“When you’re around I stress more. I just always be worried about you, not like you and (expletive), but just period with with police, like all kind of (expletive).”

In a separate phone call on January 3rd, 2020, the conversation ended with each telling the other that they loved each other.

Also, from January 2019 to January 2020, Glover called Taylor 26 times from prison. Another inmate also called Taylor seven times during the same time period.

Police also installed a tracking device on Glover’s red Dodge Charger and found that he visited Taylor’s home six times in January 2020. The leaked documents included pictures of Glover picking up packages at Taylor’s house.

In transcribed conversations from the morning of March 13th, hours after Taylor was killed, Glover told another woman that Taylor had $8,000 of his money.

He said:

“Bre got down like $15 grand, she had the $8 grand I gave her the other day and she picked up another $6 grand.”

He continued:

“Bre been handling all my money, she been handling my money. She been handling my (expletive) for me and cuz, it ain’t just me.”

He added:

“And later, I can walk in that house (Bre’s) and go directly to whatever it is no problem with it.”

Taylor’s family has claimed that she was not still involved with Glover when she was killed and that she was an innocent victim of police brutality.

They claimed that Taylor and Glover had only maintained a “passive friendship.”

The leaked documents told an entirely different story of Taylor not only allowing a convicted drug dealer to use her address to register vehicles and receive his mail there, but was also moving drug money around for him while he was incarcerated.

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