GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NewsNation Now) — Breonna Taylor’s cousin remembered her life and the reality of her legacy following the announcement Wednesday that one of the Louisville police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death would face charges, but not for killing her.
“It is so insulting that you would say that the neighbors’ lives matter more than Breonna Taylor’s life,” Taylor’s cousin Tawanna Gordon told NewsNation affiliate WOOD, arguing the officers were negligent.
She called her cousin’s death “a wound that never heals.”
The officer indicted was Detective Brett Hankison, who faces up to five years in prison if convicted, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a news conference.
“The Grand Jury determined that there is no evidence to support a criminal violation of state law caused Ms. Taylor’s death. The Grand Jury found that there was sufficient evidence to indict Detective Hankison for wanton endangerment for firing his weapon outside a sliding glass door and through a bedroom window, with some bullets traveling through that apartment and entering the apartment next door while three residents were at home,” Cameron said.
Hankison was with two colleagues when they shot into the apartment of Taylor, 26, killing her in front of her boyfriend.
“Our family is grieving all over again. It is March 13 all over again for us,” Gordon said. “We are not surprised, but we definitely still had hoped that they would do the right thing.”
She said the grand jury’s decision was emblematic of racial inequity in United States.
“Our lives matter. And today they told us that they did not, as they have always told us in this country … that we are three-fifths of a human,” Gordon said. “When you put animals before you put us, it’s something wrong with this country.”
NewsNation affiliate WOOD contributed to this report.