Moment of silence held for Breonna Taylor in Chicago; Illinois leaders call for peace


CHICAGO — A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death.

The jury announced that fired Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid of Taylor’s home on the night of March 13.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot calle for a moment of silence in the city at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

The mayor and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker both stated Tuesday that the Illinois National Guard is prepared to take action if needed.

Lightfoot, Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle held a news conference at to address the decision in the case.

Officials and activists stood together for Taylor Wednesday and called for calm in Chicago amid the outrage.

The governor called the grand jury’s decision a gross miscarriage of justice.

The mayor says she expects and hopes protests will remain peaceful but if not, she said the city is prepared. 

Shortly after the announcement of the indictment, Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management released a statement that said the city’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated.

“For safety reasons, residents are being advised about potential activity throughout the city over the next few days and to be vigilant and take necessary precautions,” the statement said.

About 300 city vehicles are being used to protect commercial corridors and the governor said Illinois National Guard troops are ready if needed. 


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