“A grand jury weighing evidence in one of the country’s most contentious police shootings indicted a former Louisville police detective on charges of reckless endangerment on Wednesday for his role in the raid on the home of Breonna Taylor, but the two officers who shot Ms. Taylor six times faced no charges.”
— New York Times, 9/23/20
A Grand Jury in [whichever state this is happening in this time] acquitted police officer [Northern European last name] for the death of [Person of Color], who was killed while they were doing [thing people do on a daily basis] at [place most people wouldn’t expect to get killed at]. Police were in the process of carrying out [form of unconstitutional search and seizure] when the officer began [action wildly inappropriate for the situation], resulting in [Person of Color]’s death.
During a press conference, state Attorney General [person many are calling a “rising star”] explained that, because [Person of Color] reacted to police officers by [action any reasonable human being would take when being hounded by a large group of men pointing weapons and yelling at them], the use of force by Officer [Northern European last name] was justified. The attorney general then cited [defensive argument used during the Nuremberg trials] as precedent, reminding constituents not to give in to [emotion people with a moral compass experience] and instead trust in the system outlined in the state’s [document written back when people still peed and pooped into a bucket and flung the contents out of a window].
Shortly after the announcement, protestors began marching peacefully outside [civic building named after a slaveholder], until a small group of protestors began [mild expression of discontent], and police officers responded with [paramilitary tactic you’d expect to find in an active war zone].
Along with the recent killing of [different Person of Color] in [state with a town named “Springfield”], the death of [Person of Color] has become a major cultural touchstone that has reignited the nationwide movement to end systemic racism and police brutality that started [number that is appallingly high] years ago.
Activist and civil rights leader [author of whatever anti-racism book is at the top of the New York Times bestseller list that week], criticized the decision, saying “I am appalled that in the year [number between 1776 and 2300], Black and Brown Americans are still dying at the hands of the police.”
[Aging liberal politician] called for the nation to “come together and heal,” and stressed the need for cities and towns to immediately adopt [modest police reform with statistically insignificant results]. Meanwhile, [notorious racist du jour] condemned the protestors for inciting violence, accusing them of being members of [umbrella term for people with vaguely leftist views].
The one charge that was brought against Officer [Northern European last name] was a single count of [offensively petty crime only tacitly related to the case], which is a class [capital letter A-D] felony punishable by up to [number you wish was much higher] years in prison. Officer [Northern European last name]’s attorney [guy whose face is on billboards around town] praised the Grand Jury’s decision, but maintained that his client is also innocent of [offensively petty crime].
A few weeks prior to the Grand Jury’s decision, a civil case filed by [Person of Color’s]’s mother against [American city where these sorts of atrocities have been happening for decades] reached a controversial settlement. The city agreed to pay [Person of Color]’s family a sum of [number that doesn’t come close to making up for what happened] and agreed to enact [list of reforms so modest even the aging liberal politicians are balking at them].