Daniel Cameron, Kentucky’s Attorney General, said the pair – Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly and Officer Myles Cosgrove – were “justified” in their use of force as they fired in self-defence after Ms Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot.
That part seems justified. Cops being shot at, cops fire back.
Former police officer Brett Hankison, who fired a number of the shots, was on Wednesday charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree, after it was determined he had shot into neighbouring flats.
That also seems fair. Duty of care and all that even under fire. The actual problem, in the larger picture, is here:
Ms Taylor, 26, was shot multiple times by plainclothes officers who entered her home after midnight using a no-knock warrant that allowed them to enter without warning during a drugs investigation on March 13.
Armed men are – righteously, this is the police and here they#re in plain clothes – storm into your home without warning? Your ability to distinguish between this and a home invasion is? A home invasion you are – righteously – allowed to defend yourself against?
The problem here is, to use something of an unpopular word, structural. Insane policing that is.