On Wednesday, a grand jury in Kentucky indicted officer Brett Hankison on three first-degree cases of wanton exposure in a March shootout that killed Breonna Taylor. Two other Louisville Metro Police Department officers – Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officer Myles Cosgrove – also fired shots at Taylor's apartment, but none have been charged.
Taylor's death on March 13th came after Louisville, Kentucky police officers issued a search warrant of Taylor's home as part of a drug investigation. Taylor, who is Black, was not the target of the investigation and has no criminal record.
Since then, Taylor – along with George Floyd and Jacob Blake – has become a center of the movement for social justice and black lives matter, including athletes, franchises and leagues in all sports.
"It's just crazy, honestly," said QB Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans on Wednesday.
"It's tragic," Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone told ESPN's Malika Andrews. "… A lot of the players on our team spoke up for justice for Breonna Taylor and we didn't get justice."
"Unfortunately, there was no justice for Breonna Taylor today," NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said in a statement. "Her murder was the result of a series of persistent and negligent decisions made with neglect for humanity. Ultimately, an innocent and beautiful woman who had her whole life before her died. Our players and I extend our deepest condolences to once again her family and we vow to continue to work in her honor and to always speak her name. "
Here is the ABC News timeline, what happened and how the sports world is reacting to the news:
Schedule of the investigation
March 13th: Officials issuing narcotics orders fatally shot Taylor at her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
March 13, hours later: Police announce the arrest of Kenneth Walker after wounding an officer in an exchange of fire. Taylor is not identified at the press conference and is described as "an unresponsive woman who was later pronounced dead."
March April: The shooting stays out of the headlines as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the US.
April 27: Taylor's family files unlawful death lawsuits against police and the city, questioning the police narrative.
May 13th: Louisville Attorney General Tom Wine refuses to review the police investigation. Attorney General Daniel Cameron Appointed Special Prosecutor.
May 20th: Chelsey Napper, Zayden Flournoy and Cody Etherton are suing officers Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, accusing them of disregarding human life by spraying gunfire at Napper's apartment next to Taylor's.
May 22: Prosecutors say they will drop murder charges against Walker, who shot officers at his girlfriend's home.
28th of May: Walker's tormented 911 call released by Minnesota police three days after George Floyd died and sparked protests in Louisville.
May 29th: Mayor Greg Fischer suspends Louisville police's use of arrest warrants.
June 1: Fischer dismisses police chief Steve Conrad after officials failed to turn on body cameras during protests in Louisville during the shooting of barbecue chef David McAtee.
June 11th: The Louisville Metro Council unanimously passes the "Breonna Act," which bans the use of no-knock warrants.
14th June: Pop star Beyoncé writes to Attorney General Daniel Cameron asking him to prosecute cops.
23rd June: Officer Brett Hankison, one of three officers who fired shots on the night of Taylor's death, is fired for shooting "blindly" in Taylor's apartment.
25th June: Celebrities join hundreds of protesters outside the state capitol asking Cameron to indict officers.
June 28th: Photographer Tyler Gerth is fatally shot and killed amid ongoing protests in downtown Louisville.
July 14th: Protesters arrested for demonstrating on Cameron's lawn.
12. August: Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, meets with Cameron.
5th September: Hundreds are peacefully protesting outside the Kentucky Derby, calling on Cameron to prosecute the officials.
7th of September: Fischer appoints Yvette Gentry, the first black woman to head the Louisville Police Department, as interim chief from October 1.
September 9th: Cameron is shortlisted for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination.
September 15th: City announces a civil settlement that provides Taylor's family with $ 12 million and promises police reforms.
September 22: The Louisville Police Department has set up blockades downtown in anticipation of Cameron's announcement.
September 23rd: A Kentucky grand jury orders Hankison shot into neighboring homes but has not been charged with her role in Taylor's death.
Response from social media
The cops who murdered Breonna Taylor knew this was going to happen from the moment it happened. They were never concerned about justice being served.
– ???? Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) September 23, 2020
Our country still has a lot to do! Justice for Breonna Taylor✊????
– Angel McCoughtry (@ angel_35) September 23, 2020
And our system baked in Caste lives in … https://t.co/rCarZbsVKD
– Martina Navratilova (@Martina) September 23, 2020
I don't have many words right now … but all I can say is I'm praying for the city of Louisville right now !!! ????????
– Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 23, 2020
That is why the police must be defused and ultimately abolished! We keep hoping for a piece of justice, but why should we get that when the system is supposed to protect the very people who murder and terrorize us? This is not a bad apple, it is a rotten tree.
– Layshia Clarendon (@Layshiac) September 23, 2020
My heart is with Breonna Taylor's family right now. My God. This is devastating and unfortunately not surprising. Black and brown Folx in this country deserves so much more. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeforBreonnaTalyor #DefundPolice #RegisterToVote
– Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 23, 2020
Society continues to decline as racial inequality remains widespread. Prayers for the family of Breonna Taylor. I can't even imagine the pain you will continue to go through. Always pray for change and peace! ???? #BLM
– Marcus Stroman (@ STR0), September 23, 2020
Slap the wrist for MURDER, but 10 years for demolishing a punk ass statue!
– DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) September 23, 2020
We already knew #BreonnaTaylor wasn't getting the justice it deserved. I am not even surprised.
– Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) September 23, 2020
Not surprised, just disappointed. We're sorry Breonna ????
– Isabelle Harrison (@OMG_itsizzyb) September 23, 2020
Impressive! This is not a surprise, but this is really bad. I don't understand what we stand for and why life means nothing.
– James Wade (@coachjameswade) September 23, 2020
No justice … again. I'm sorry Breonna #BreonnaTaylor
– Gwen Berry (@MzBerryThrows) September 23, 2020
Pray for the city of LOUISVILLE ????????.
– Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) September 23, 2020
I can't give JUSTICE a price !!!! They know exactly what they are doing. https://t.co/kXmT2IpaX8
– Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) September 23, 2020
I'm so sorry Breonna ????
– Lexie Brown (@ lexiekiah_4) September 23, 2020
Justice> Money !!
– JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) September 23, 2020
Overwhelmed with emotions. Justice was not served. This is not about politics, but about an issue of HUMAN RIGHTS. We have to be better and do better. Disappointed as a Kentuckian. Sorry Breonna Taylor, RIP. #BLM
– Kyra Elzy (@CoachLZ) September 23, 2020
A wall has more justice … ONE WALL! https://t.co/IR9YrzDThm
– Simone Manuel (@swimone), September 23, 2020
Breonna Taylor's killers, getting off scot-free without trial, are exactly the systemic rot that people are protesting for. All of these protests, all of the outcry for justice and cannot even be brought to justice. Angry doesn't even come close to how I feel. #BreonnaTaylor
– Justin Jackson (@ J_ManPrime21) September 23, 2020
So 3 officers who were involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor. I'm being charged for basically shooting the neighbor's house. The other two go free. That's BS right now
– Alfonzo McKinnie (@_Alvo_) September 23, 2020
Shame. Smh. #Breannataylor
– Alysha Clark (@Alysha_Clark) September 23, 2020
That's why we PROTEST! https://t.co/7ukZfuJ1st
– ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) September 23, 2020