/  09.24.2020


Former Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey had a few choice words regarding Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s announcement that only one Louisville police officer would be charged in the Breonna Taylor case.

During an interview with CNN’s “The Lead With Jake Tapper,” Dorsey said she does not understand how an officer can fire 16 shots and it be a “justified” use of force.

“It has nothing to do with Breonna Taylor. This was about officer Brett Hankison firing rounds into the next door neighbor’s apartment. It had nothing to do with the murder of Breonna Taylor,” she said.

“Those officers, according to the attorney general, were justified in that use of force. Now I don’t know how 16 shots fired by one is justified use of force when officers are taught to fire two shots in rapid succession and then reassess the threat.”

The former sergeant also said that she was offended when Cameron brought up celebrities and other public figures who have spoken out about the case during his announcement.

“I found it offensive that he would call out celebrities and alleged influencers because he too says he is a Black man and somehow celebrities can’t speak for Kentuckians, but as a Black man he can speak for us,” she continued. “I understand that he is skinfolk, not kinfolk. He doesn’t speak for me.”

On Wednesday (Sep. 23), Cameron announced that only one officer would face charges for the events that took place on the night Taylor was killed. Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for “blindly” firing into the apartments of Taylor’s neighbors. He has since been booked and released on a $10,500 bond.

The other two officers — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove — did not face charges because Cameron said they acted in self-defense.

Check out the interview below.

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