Louisville (AP) - Around six months after the death of the black American Breonna Taylor during a police operation in her apartment, only one of the three officers is charged - because he endangered other residents in the apartment building.
Investigators have concluded that the other two police officers were defending themselves, said Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
Breonna Taylor's name had become a symbol of the movement against racism and police violence since her death in March.
Police and protesters clashed in Louisville on Wednesday.
The police had arrived at Taylor's apartment in the middle of the night with a search warrant.
According to the investigation, they knocked on the door, identifying themselves as police.
There is a witness for that.
When they got no answer, they broke open the door.
Cameron said they saw a man and a woman in the apartment.
The man - Taylor's friend - was the first to shoot and injured one of the officers in the leg.
The police then opened fire and fired 32 shots.
They met the unarmed Breonna Taylor at least five times, but not her boyfriend.
One of the bullets that hit the 26-year-old paramedic was fatal.
One of the police officers shot ten times from outside the apartment and some of his bullets hit the neighboring apartments, Cameron said.
The officer was charged with "willful endangerment" in three cases.
He faces up to five years imprisonment three times for this.
At the same time, questions remain about the case.
The circumstances surrounding the issue of the search warrant are still being investigated.
It was about a person who was not in the apartment.
Taylor's friend also stated that he heard a knock on the door - but not that it was the police.
That's why he thought the police officers were burglars.
The city of Louisville reached an unusually high settlement payment of twelve million dollars in a civil case with Taylor's family last week.
At the same time, she promised reforms in the police.
He understands the pain of Taylor's death, said the attorney general, who is black himself.
"But penal laws are not designed to deal with every pain and loss."
He called for protests only peacefully.
Protesters had already gathered in downtown Louisville to announce the decision.
The charges were met with disappointment and anger, as shown on television images.
Protest marches formed in the city and several demonstrators were arrested after clashes with the police.
For fear of rioting, the authorities had already ordered the National Guard to Louisville as a precaution and set up barriers.
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