Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey speaks at an event at Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice in Philadelphia, Pennysylvania on February 28, 2020. Bastiaan Slabbers / NurPhoto / Getty Images
Charles Ramsey, the former Philadelphia police commissioner and former Washington, DC police chief, told CNN tonight he agreed with the grand jury’s decision not to charge a single officer with the murder of Breonna Taylor.
Only one of the officers involved in her death was charged with willful first-degree harm.
“I think one officer should have been charged – what he did was ruthless and certainly criminal. The other two officers who actually walked into the apartment agreed they shouldn’t be charged,” Ramsey said CNN.
Ramsey said that although Taylor’s death was “unfortunate” and “tragic”, the other officers were “entitled to return fire” because Taylor’s friend fired the first shot when police entered her home with an arrest warrant.
What happened that night: Taylor was sleeping next to her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker III, in the early hours of March 13th when they heard a noise. They both got up and went to the door.
“She screams loudly – and so am I at this point – ‘who is it?’ “remembered Walker. “No answer. No answer. Nothing.”
Police forced entry into the house and Walker said he couldn’t see anything but he fired a shot. An officer was shot in the leg after entering, Attorney General Daniel Cameron said earlier today.
Together, the three officers fired more than 30 shots at the scene.