SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker put the state’s national guard in a “state of readiness” in anticipation of the announcement on whether charges will be filed in the police killing of Breonna Taylor.
In a statement late Tuesday, Pritzker’s office said if needed, the national guard would fall under the direction of the state police. The national guard was activated earlier this year during civil unrest following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a fired Kentucky police officer on criminal charges in the Breonna Taylor case – but not for her death. Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into the apartments of Taylor’s neighbors.
Taylor was shot multiple times by officers who burst into her home on March 13 during a narcotics investigation.