Large police presence seen in Louisville as protests continue

(CNN) - Large numbers of police officers dressed in riot gear have been seen in Louisville, Kentucky, this afternoon following the news that a grand jury has indicted one officer involved in Breonna Taylor's death.

Large police presence seen in Louisville as protests continue

Numerous people have been seen approaching the lines of officers to talk while others took photos and videos.

An attorney for one of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case issued a statement after the grand jury's announcement and decision not to indict his client, saying it shows the "system worked."

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly’s attorney, Kent J. Wicker, said, “The grand jury's decision to not indict Sgt. Mattingly or Det. [Myles] Cosgrove shows that the system worked and that grand jurors recognized and respected the facts of the case."

"The death of Breonna Taylor is a tragedy. But these officers did not act in a reckless or unprofessional manner. They did their duty, performed their roles as law enforcement officers and, above all, did not break the law," Wicker said.

The NAACP said in a statement following the announcement of the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case that the justice system "failed" her and the charges against one officer do "not go far enough."

"The injustice we’re witnessing at this moment can be sensed throughout the nation. Kentucky General Daniel Cameron’s failure to bring substantial charges against the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor causes angst and pain for far too many Americans still reeling from a pandemic. The charges of wanton endangerment in connection with the murder of Breonna Taylor does not go far enough and is a miscarriage of justice for her family and the people of Louisville," the statement said.

"The justice system failed Breonna Taylor and, as such, failed us," the statement added.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said his office’s investigation took so long because of how thorough it was. 

“As late as Friday we were still interviewing people in this case,” he said, adding the grand jury presentation began the following Monday.

Breonna Taylor, her family, officers, Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky deserved a thorough investigation, he said.

The length of the investigation was a reflection “of how important it was to get this right,” he said.

In the news conference, Cameron also said his office's investigation started "from scratch" as there was no body cam footage related to the case.

 

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