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One Officer Indicted by Grand Jury in Breonna Taylor Killing

One Officer Indicted by Grand Jury in Breonna Taylor Killing

One officer involving in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor has been indicted by a Kentucky grand jury, AP reported on Wednesday (September 23).

The jury did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in her death, the outlet adds.

“A grand jury announced that Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on the night of March 13. Neither the grand jury nor the presiding judge elaborated on the charges,” AP reported.

State Attorney General Daniel Cameron scheduled a news conference in the capital to discuss the grand jury’s decision.

Protesters around the world, including many celebrities, have called for the attorney general to charge the police who killed Breonna Taylor.

For those unfamiliar with the case, a summary of the fatal incident, via AP: “Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by officers who entered her home using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant used to search her home was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside. The use of no-knock warrants has since been banned by Louisville’s Metro Council…Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire when police burst in, hitting Mattingly. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but prosecutors later dropped the charge. Walker told police he heard knocking but didn’t know who was coming into the home and fired in self-defense.”

Before charges were brought, Brett Hankison was fired from the city’s police department on June 23. Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly, Officer Myles Cosgrove and the detective who sought the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, were placed on administrative reassignment after the shooting.

“Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former ofc. Brett Hankison with 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment in 1st Degree for bullets that went into other apartments but NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!” trial lawyer Ben Crump later wrote.

It was just announced that a docuseries about the case is in the works.

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