On Wednesday afternoon, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that there will be no charges filed against two of the Louisville police officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, while the third was charged with “wanton endangerment.”
Detective Brett Hankison, who is not the officer who shot Breonna Taylor, has been indicted on three counts of “wanton endangerment in the first degree” by a grand jury. However, the charges stem from bullets that entered another apartment — not for shooting at Taylor.
After the Louisville, KY grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case didn’t go the way the BLM mob wanted, they began to riot.
The riots quickly escalated into violence that included the shooting of two innocent cops.
A video posted to Twitter shows the shooting of the police officers:
Here’s another view, showing the Louisville Police Officer who was downed by the shooter.
— Brian O’Kelly – Citizen (@brianyourbro) September 24, 2020
President Trump responded to the shootings of the two police officers in a tweet where he told his followers he was praying for them.
This video shows the alleged shooter, 26-year-old Larynzo D. Johnson, who was arrested and charged with 14 counts of wanton endangerment and two counts of assault on a police officer on Wednesday evening.
Larynzo D. Johnson allegedly shot two innocent cops in the streets while hiding behind BLM protesters and he’s charged with “wanton endangerment?”
Wanton endangerment is a Class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison.
Injured were Major Aubrey Gregory, who was shot in the hip and has been released from the hospital, and Officer Robinson Desroches, who was shot in the abdomen and required emergency surgery, but is expected to survive.
The National Police Association is outraged at the charges against Johnson who allegedly shot two officers after firing 14 shots.
The Daily Mail reports – ‘A police officer shot in the gut, and a police officer shot in the hip, in the middle of violent riots and looting would indicate to me that that should be – at a minimum – attempted murder,’ said retired police Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith, a spokeswoman for the National Police Association, in an interview with DailyMail.com on Thursday.
Brantner Smith noted that Johnson’s arrest citation says he ‘intentionally used a handgun to fire multiple bullets at officers’.
‘I don’t know why that wouldn’t be at least, with the one officer shot in the gut, attempted murder,’ she said.
A spokesman for the Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney said that the charges against Johnson had been filed by arresting officers, and could be upgraded if appropriate.
‘I am sure that officers investigating the case filed what charges they felt appropriate at the time,’ Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeffrey Cooke told DailyMail.com in a statement.
‘If the case makes its way to our office for presentation to a grand jury, the assigned prosecutor will review the facts and can add additional charges, including attempted murder, if the facts support it,’ he added.
‘Ordinarily, if someone intentionally shoots at someone with a firearm and hits them the shooter would be charged with Assault in the First Degree. Depending on the facts, Attempted Murder could also be charged,’ Cooke said.
In Kentucky, people who fire shots at police officers have regularly been charged with attempted murder – even when the bullets miss.
In December, Jason William Marsee pleaded guilty to attempted murder after firing eight rounds from a .22 caliber rifle through the side of a house in Knox County, narrowly missing cops who were investigating an assault complaint. He was sentenced to 11 years.
Johnson has no previous arrests for violent crimes or felony convictions.
He is being held at Louisville Metro Corrections and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning.
Is the “wanton endangerment” charge against Johnson a quid pro quo charge in exchange for the disappointment over the grand jury decision to only charge one officer with “wanton endangerment” in the Breonna Taylor case? Is this how justice is going to be played out in America—or is it simply a coincidence? Share your thoughts with us below. Please keep your comments respectful.