Grand Jury Indicts 1 of 3 Officers Involved in the Killing of Breonna Taylor; No Murder Charges

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted Brett Hankison, the former police officer who, along with Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were involved in Breonna Taylor’s fatal shooting on March 13. However, the charges do not pertain to Taylor's death, and no murder charges were filed.

The Associated Press reports that Hankison was charged Wednesday with three counts of wanton endangerment for shooting into neighboring apartments on the night Taylor was killed.

The wanton endangerment charge applied only to shooting into the apartments of other residents, who were identified by initials in the complaint, and not to shooting into Taylor's apartment.

The two other officers were not indicted.

Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in June after Chief of Police Robert J. Schroeder said he “wantonly and blindly fired 10 rounds into” Taylor’s apartment.

On Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency for the city "due to the potential for civil unrest” that could arise from the impending decision in Taylor’s case.

On March 13, Hankison, Mattingly and Cosgrove entered the 26-year-old EMT’s Kentucky apartment while executing a warrant in plainclothes and fired multiple shots.

Though the officers had obtained the warrant as part of a narcotics investigation, no drugs were found inside Taylor’s property.

Despite claims that the officers executed a no-knock search warrant, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a press conference on Wednesday that, per his investigation, the officers did knock and announce their presence before entering Taylor’s apartment.

Cameron adds that this claim was corroborated by a witness.

Last week, Taylor’s family settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $12 million.

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, also agreed to enact police reforms, including how warrants are handled by law enforcement.

In June, the Louisville, Kentucky, metro council passed “Breonna’s Law,” which bans no-knock search warrants, requires officers to have their body cameras on when conducting a search, and mandates that the body cameras be turned on from at least five minutes before the warrant is served to at least five minutes afterward.

Taylor’s case has gained worldwide attention, with celebrities such as LeBron James and Jennifer Lawrence demanding justice on her behalf. Emmy winners Regina King and Uzo Aduba wore T-shirts calling attention to Taylor's case during Sunday's Emmys telecast.


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