Editorial: Decision in Taylor case upsetting, inadequate

Staff Editorial

Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison was indicted Wednesday. He was involved in the death of Breonna Taylor on March 13.

Much to the disappointment of activists across the country, Hankison’s was not charged in any way for Taylor’s death. Rather he was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for blindly firing into a neighboring apartment.

We at The Daily Eastern News find this charge unsatisfactory. Many people felt the same way, and protests began all over the country. Two police officers were shot in Louisville during the unrest and a suspect is in custody.

These protests that have been happening over the last several months signal a growing frustration over the fact that police officers have repeatedly not been held accountable for unjust killings.

All people want is for police officers to be held accountable. There are ways that police officers are protected under the law, and many of these protections are needed.

Police officers have a job where they are thrust into difficult and dangerous situations every day.

But they are also supposed to be trusted and expected to handle themselves well. That is why it is so important to hold officers accountable when they betray that trust.