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Rochester residents react to Breonna Taylor case update

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The messages are the same here in Rochester as they are across the nation right now.

After six months of investigating, charges were filed against one officer.

Some residents KTTC spoke with said more needs to be done as we find ourselves once again in the midst of a clash with police.

"It's a tough situation," said Rochester Public Defenders Office social worker Donovan Bailey.

NAACP Rochester Chapter President W.C. Jordan

NAACP Rochester Chapter President W.C. Jordan said no justice was served on Wednesday.

"These charges don't address the murder of Breonna Taylor," Jordan said. "They address more of shooting in an open area, bullets that went into the other apartments."

Jordan said he thinks it's almost as though laws are to protect police to be able to kill people.

Family Attorney Benjamin Crump tweeting the charges are offensive.

Last week, Breonna Taylor's family received a $12 million settlement from the city of Louisville.

Rochester Public Defenders Office social worker Donovan Bailey

"The city put out $12 million tells you something went wrong. And if something went wrong, a person died, someone needs to be held accountable," Bailey said. "You think America land of the great, the free, home of the brave, all these accolades we give our great country and it's a great, amazing country. You would think we wouldn't be here."

As Louisville prepares for a tough night ahead, Jordan said there are ways to right the officers' wrongs.

"There's nothing that's going to bring Breonna Taylor back," Jordan said. "But at the same time, if there's a good investigation and there's justice for her murder, then I think that would build trust with the community."

Both Jordan and Bailey said change comes when there are people of color working in different positions in the legal system.

Ubah Ali

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