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Police weren’t indicted for the killing of Breonna Taylor. What happened?

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A grand jury didn’t indict any police officers in connection with the killing of Breonna Taylor in her apartment, and charged one former detective with wanton endangerment—an outcome that’s likely as much the result of the evidence that prosecutors from the Kentucky Attorney General’s office chose to present as what they didn’t, says Daniel Medwed, university distinguished professor of law and criminal justice at Northeastern.

The case—in which Taylor, a Black woman and medical worker, was shot and killed by three police in March during a botched raid on her apartment—has attracted national attention, and Wednesday’s announcement that a grand jury would not seek criminal charges ignited protests in cities across the United States.

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