Gov. Baker Activates National Guard Ahead Of Boston Protests

Governor Charlie Baker

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) —Governor Charlie Baker will activate the National Guard on Friday, ahead of an expected protest in Boston on behalf of Breonna Taylor.

Protests have emerged across the country, following the grand jury decision to not indict the Kentucky police officers directly for Taylor's death.

Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing shots into Taylor's apartment. The other two officers, Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove, were not charged.

Up to one thousand National Guard personnel will be activated, as protesters are expected to descend into Nubian Square in a large turnout. The protest is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Justice Edward O. Gourdin Veterans Memorial Park.

Organizers said the demonstration is to stand for "Justice for Breonna Taylor" and the city of Louisville. They added that Kentucky state prosecutors failed to deliver justice in what they call “the racist murder” of Taylor by police.

Demonstrators also plan to counter-protest a “Back the Blue” rally in Mansfield on Sunday.

Governor Baker said the activation of the National Guard will continue until further order of the adjutant general.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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