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  1. Thanks for tuning in

    We're pausing our live coverage of the reaction to the Kentucky grand jury's decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

    You can still follow updates to the story here.

    Here are the key takeaways:

    • One of the three officers, Brett Hankison, has been charged, not with Ms Taylor's death, but with three counts of "wanton endangerment" for firing shots blindly
    • The charge comes with a maximum sentence of five years per count
    • The other officers, including the one who investigators confirmed fired the fatal shot, have not been charged
    • Protests have already begun in Lousiville, and are planned in other cities across the country, including New York and Los Angeles
    • The FBI is continuing to look into any potential federal law violations in the case

    Today's coverage was brought to you by Max Matza, Ritu Prasad and Vicky Baker.

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    Video caption: Breonna Taylor: 'There's a lot of disappointment here'
  2. What did we learn today?

    If you're just joining us, here are some of the new details you may have missed from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's briefing earlier.

    The attorney general revealed that the investigation concluded police did not actually carry out a "no-knock warrant" (which lets police enter without warning). Mr Cameron said police had knocked and announced themselves. This goes against what we've heard from some other witnesses thus far.

    He also said that a ballistics report from the FBI found that Detective Myles Cosgrove fired the fatal shot that killed Ms Taylor. A total of 32 shots were fired by police (16 by Mr Cosgrove, six by Mr Mattingly and 10 by Mr Hankinson).

    The investigation also confirmed that Kenneth Walker, Ms Taylor's boyfriend, fired the shot that hit Mr Mattingly.

    Ms Taylor was hit by six shots, not the five listed in her death certificate. Mr Cameron said that the investigators found a sixth bullet or fragment in her foot.

  3. Watch: Protests begin in Louisville

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    Video caption: Breonna Taylor: Protests in Louisville after grand jury decision
  4. Other cities prepare for protests

    It's not just Louisville that is preparing for a night of protests.

    The governor of neighbouring Illinois has also told the National Guard to be prepared to deploy in case protests there turn violent.

    Major protests have also been planned for New York and Los Angeles later today.

  5. 'No justice, no peace'

    Demonstrators in Louisville, Kentucky
    Image caption: Demonstrators in Louisville, Kentucky

    Almost as soon as the charge was announced in the state capital of Frankfort, protesters gathered in Louisville began chanting "no justice, no peace".

    "That's it?" some declared as they learned of the charge, and the news that the officer would only be required to post a $15,000 (£11,800) bail to go free as he awaits trial.

    Since then they have been marching through the city shouting Breonna Taylor's name. Some have been in tears, telling reporters that the officer "got away" with murder.

    The crowd has been growing and some neighbours have been seen opening their doors to cheer the protesters, according to CNN.

  6. 'I've done more for the black community than any other president'

    Trump

    President Trump - who has been at a discussion with State Attorneys General at the White House - was asked by a reporter about what his message is to the black community in light of the Taylor ruling.

    "My message is that I love the black community and I've done more for the black community than any other president with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln," he said, citing his administration's work with opportunity zones (tax incentives to encourage investment in lower-income areas), criminal justice reform, prison reform and historically black schools.

    Abraham Lincoln was the president who ended slavery in the US and led the country during the Civil War.

    "Abraham Lincoln, let's give him the nod but beyond that nobody's done more," Mr Trump continued.

    He then added that he just heard a decision had been made but was not aware of the details.

    "After I see what the decision is I will have a comment on it."

  7. Lawyer for two officers: 'The system worked'

    A lawyer for two of the officers who fired into Ms Taylor's apartment has praised the grand jury's decision not to charge his clients with any crime related to Ms Taylor's death.

    "The death of Breonna Taylor is a tragedy," lawyer Kent Wicker wrote in a statement.

    "But these officers did not act in a reckless or unprofessional manner. They did their duty, performed their roles as law enforcement officers and, above all, did not break the law."

    "The system worked," he added about his clients, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove.

    Earlier, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron told reporters that "the use of force by Mattingly and Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves".

    "This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor’s death.”

  8. 'Justice would have been officers never shooting Breonna Taylor'

    Many human and civil rights organisations across the US are unhappy with today's decision. Here's a flavour of what advocates are saying on social media.

    The American Civil Liberties Union said: "Justice would have been [Louisville police] officers never shooting Breonna Taylor in the first place."

    "This decision highlights what we already knew: To stop the perpetuation of egregious violence against Black people, elected officials MUST listen to the cries of our communities."

    Amnesty International USA senior officer Kristina Roth called on local police to meet their obligation to allow for peaceful protest in the wake of this case.

    "Breonna Taylor’s case reminds us of how Kentucky’s police use of lethal force statute puts accountability out of reach for unlawful killings by police — and how police, who are supposed to protect life, so frequently only see one side of that principle."

  9. WATCH: Kentucky attorney general describes the shootout at Ms Taylor's flat

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    Video caption: Breonna Taylor: Kentucky attorney general presents grand jury findings

    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has presented the grand jury findings in the case of Breonna Taylor.

    Brett Hankison is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, but not in relation to the 26-year-old's death.

    Read more:

    Breonna Taylor officer charged but not over death

  10. What is a grand jury?

    The decision to charge Brett Hankinson for wanton endangerment was made by a Kentucky grand jury. But what exactly is a grand jury?

    A grand jury is an impartial group of citizens who are presented with evidence and asked to vote in secret on whether or not to charge a suspect with a crime.

    The jury found the other two officers were justified in their use of force, according to the Kentucky attorney general, because they had come under fire from Ms Taylor's boyfriend.

    The attorney general refused to comment on the racial makeup of the grand jury in his press conference, due to confidentiality laws.

  11. Kentucky National Guard troops watch over protests

    National Guard troops in Louisville

    Kentucky National Guard troops have been deployed around the city of Louisville as the city braces for potential civil unrest.

    The deployment is seen as controversial, because National Guard troops killed a black restaurant owner during earlier Black Lives Matter protesters in June.

    That shooting led to the firing of the city's police chief after officers on the scene were found to have not activated their body cameras.

    National Guard troops in Louisville
    National Guard troops in Louisville
  12. Ruling denounced as 'outrageous and offensive'

    Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the family of Breonna Taylor as well as the families of other black Americans killed by police, has tweeted his angry reaction to the news that only one officer involved in Ms Taylor's death is being charged.

    Mr Crump said the fired police officer, Brett Hankinson, is being charged for "bullets that went into other apartments" not Ms Taylor's.

    He adds that the charges include "NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor".

    "This is outrageous and offensive!" he adds.

    "If Brett Hankison's behaviour was wanton endangerment to people in neighbouring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor's apartment too.

    "In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!"

  13. Breonna Taylor: a summer of protests

    A mural of Ms Taylor in Annapolis, Maryland, seen from a drone
    Image caption: A mural of Ms Taylor in Annapolis, Maryland, seen from a drone

    Ms Taylor was killed two months before the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, which triggered worldwide protests against police brutality and racism.

    Protesters said her case had been overlooked and her name and face started to feature prominently at related demonstrations throughout the US summer.

    Here are some images from those earlier sweeping protests.

    Last week, Ms Taylor's mother said that if her daughter was not killed by police, she would be out in the streets walking with the Black Lives Matter protesters.

    Protesters have demanded that the public "say her name" so she is not forgotten
    Image caption: Protesters have demanded that the public "say her name" so she is not forgotten
    Hundreds of protesters in New York's Times Square
    Image caption: Hundreds of protesters in New York's Times Square in August shouted her name
    "She was a frontline worker" reads one sign
    Image caption: Ms Taylor was an emergency medical worker, who was killed amid the coronavirus pandemic
    The WNBA has dedicated their basketball season to Ms Taylor
    Image caption: The Women's National Basketball Association has dedicated their basketball season to Ms Taylor
  14. It was a 'hard meeting' with the family, says attorney general

    Mr Cameron's final question of the day is about meeting with Ms Taylor's family to inform them about the decision today.

    "It was a hard meeting and I won't go any further, I won't elaborate but it was a difficult meeting."

    He says that it's impossible to know what challenges you will face when you take office.

    "And today was one of those challenges to have to sit in that room and provide the information to Ms Palmer and to other members of the Taylor family. It's been a difficult day."

    He calls for people to respect the community, be good neighbours, and responsibly practice their right to free speech today.

    That concludes his news briefing.

  15. We won't get any grand jury details yet

    Mr Cameron has answered many of the questions regarding the grand jury's decision and what they heard by saying: "Testimony was heard by the grand jury of all sorts of witnesses, and folks, again, all relevant info was provided to the grand jury."

    He says because the prosecution is ongoing, the office won't release any files or other details about what the grand jury received.

  16. Who is Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron?

    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron stands on stage in an empty Mellon Auditorium while addressing the Republican National Convention
    Image caption: Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addressing the Republican National Convention in August

    Daniel Cameron, the Kentucky Attorney General who is speaking live from the state capitol in Frankfort, is the first black man in the state's history to hold the role.

    The 34-year-old Republican prosecutor is seen as a rising star in the party, and spoke at President Donald Trump's nominating convention last month.

    Speaking at the Republican convention about racial justice protesters, he said: "Even as anarchists mindlessly tear up American cities while attacking police and innocent bystanders, we Republicans do recognise those who work in good faith towards peace, justice and equality."

    During his remarks in Frankfort, he warned protesters to remain peaceful in light of today's announcement or risk arrest and prosecution.

  17. 'Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow'

    Mr Cameron

    Mr Cameron says he understands the pain that Ms Taylor's death has caused.

    "I understand that as an Attorney General who is responsible for all 120 counties... I understand that as a black man. How painful this is."

    Mr Cameron says this is why it was "incredibly important" to his team to "uncover every fact".

    He says that the criticism and scrutiny on his office was "misplaced".

    "There was not a day that people in this office didn't go to sleep without thinking about this case.

    "Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief and that is true here."

    Mr Cameron, pausing a moment as he speaks, also says that if something like this were to happen to him, his mother "would find it very hard".

    "I've seen that pain on Ms Palmer's face," he says, referencing Ms Taylor's mother. "I've seen that pain in the community."

  18. What happened to Ms Taylor?

    Breonna Taylor
    Image caption: Breonna Taylor was an emergency room technician

    As the attorney general continues to field reporter questions, let's take a step back and look at what happened that night in March.

    Ms Taylor was at home in Louisville on 13 March when police officers entered her apartment shortly after midnight, her family says.

    Narcotics officers raided her home and used a battering ram to take her front door off its hinges. No drugs were found on her property and Ms Taylor had no criminal record.

    At the time, Ms Taylor was in bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, a licensed gun owner, according to her family.

    Hearing the commotion, Mr Walker believed people were trying to break into the apartment and he later told police he fired one shot of his pistol.

    Officials say Mr Walker's bullet struck a police officer, Jonathan Mattingly, in the leg - an injury for which he later required surgery.

    Mr Mattingly and two other officers, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, returned fire and shot more than 20 rounds.

    Mr Walker wasn't wounded but Ms Taylor was hit multiple times and died in the hallway of her apartment.

  19. 'Grand jury had every piece of detail needed'

    Mr Cameron is asked: why wasn't this a manslaughter charge, given the fact that Ms Taylor died?

    He says: "It's important to step back and recognise that what we did was uncover all the information and facts, and then provided that information to the grand jury.

    "The grand jury had every piece of detail needed to make their assessment and judgment and ultimately their conclusion was that the decision needed to be made to indict Mr Hankinson."

  20. What does Ms Taylor's family want?

    Breonna Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, said earlier this month that she wanted all three officers arrested and charged with murder.

    Her lawyers asked for manslaughter charges at least, which come in cases where a person's death comes as a result of a perpetrator's violent actions but is not intentional.

    Ms Palmer's comments came last week, when she won a $12m settlement from the city that included a raft of police reforms, including an end to no-knock warrants.

    Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, speaking on 18 September 2020
    Image caption: Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, speaking earlier this month