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Celebs react as no officers charged directly for Breonna Taylor death

Former Louisville police Detective Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for bullets fired into a neighboring apartment. None of the charges stem from her death. The two other officers involved, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were cleared as Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said they were “justified” in using deadly force because they were allegedly fired upon first by Taylor’s boyfriend. Cameron preemptively acknowledged that celebrities and others would be upset with the outcome.

Viola Davis, left, and Kerry Washington are among the celebrities reacting to news that no officers will be charged in the death of Breonna Taylor. (Getty Images)

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said. “Let’s not give in to their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions.”” data-reactid=”33″>“There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who having never lived in Kentucky will try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case, that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do, but they don’t,” he said. “Let’s not give in to their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions.”

Viola Davis was among the stars who bluntly called the decision “bulls***” — and the Oscar winner’s not alone.

Kentucky native George Clooney said he’s “ashamed of this decision.”

statement. “Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision.”” data-reactid=”38″>“I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month. The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions,” Clooney said in a statement. “Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision.”

“The state of Kentucky deemed the lives of Breonna Taylor’s neighbors to be worth more than her own,” added Jemele Hill.

The state of Kentucky deemed the lives of Breonna Taylor’s neighbors to be worth more than her own. Let that sink in.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 23, 2020

Meanwhile, Kerry Washington urged her followers to vote.

Daniel Cameron is on Donald Trump’s short list as replacement of #RGB on the Supreme Court. The same man who decided to not charge the officers responsible for killing #BreonnaTaylor. Vote.

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 23, 2020

Whoever needs this: I understand the desire to not vote. To reject a system that abuses you & denies your worth. But please know that the system – DOES see your worth. It’s AFRAID of your power. That’s why it works so hard to make you feel powerless. You are NOT powerless. Vote!

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 23, 2020

Common, Joy Reid, Sarah Silverman and more also weighed in.

Daniel Cameron just called Breonna Taylor’s death “part of a national story.” No, man. Her death is a robbery. Those officers robbed her of her life. They robbed her family and her boyfriend of their loved one. They robbed Louisville of a first responder. Who elected this man?

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 23, 2020

So did you get that? It is legal in the state of Kentucky for police to bust into your home after midnight and shoot you dead in your bed, as long as they aim at you and don’t wantonly shoot and endanger your neighbors. Y’all good with that, Kentucky?

— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 23, 2020

God bless Breonna’s family and all who knew and loved her. Her tragic death compounded by the violence of silence and inaction by the city she called home is more than any of them should have to endure. https://t.co/fcDmIWHlDS

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 23, 2020

3 counts of wanton endangerment against one officer. Others not charged. Class D felony (1-5 years) and 15,000.00 bond.

I suffered greater penalties for shoplifting at the Apple store.

Literally.

He got nothing for the murder. “Country justice”. A sad day. https://t.co/421SZe439G

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 23, 2020

“And part of the rage is this: It isn’t only what is happening to you. But it’s what’s happening all around you and all of the time in the face of the most extraordinary indifference, indifference of most white people in this country, and their ignorance.” James Baldwin. pic.twitter.com/UfYwvC7l7c

— COMMON (@common) September 23, 2020

Please pray for Breonna Taylor’s family and send them strength.

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 23, 2020

They never get it right and that doesn’t make it hurt any less. Breonna Taylor should still be with us and her family deserved justice today. Tired of this shit.

— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) September 23, 2020

I would like to know how this judge/jury would feel if their daughter was shot and killed in her home while she slept. Would this look like justice to them? https://t.co/JgshWOEBea

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 23, 2020

my heart is broken for the family of Breonna Taylor. once again we’re left with nothing that they try to make seem as something 💔

— Ella Mai (@ellamai) September 23, 2020

WANTON ENDANGERMENT?508.060 Wanton endangerment in the first degree.
(1) A person is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a (cont’d)

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) September 23, 2020

WANTON ENDANGERMENT (part 2)

substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.
(2) Wanton endangerment in the first degree is a Class D felony. Effective: January 1, 1975
History: Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 406, sec. 70, effective January 1, 1975.

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) September 23, 2020

BREONNA TAYLOR. She deserves better. She should be alive. Bare minimum. But since she isn’t- I’m praying for her family. Praying for #LouisvilleKy

— JoJo. (@iamjojo) September 23, 2020