Breonna Taylor grand jury, Ex-cop indicted; 2 others said to be ‘justified’.
Protesters in Louisville and supporters across the U.S. have called for “justice for Breonna Taylor” for more than six months.
On Wednesday, a Kentucky grand jury indicted one of three police officers involved in her shooting death on charges of wanton endangermentfor shooting a gun into three neighboring apartments. Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison is facing three felony charges; two other officers involved in the shooting were not.
Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician, was killed after officers used a “no-knock” search warrant at her apartment shortly before 1 a.m. on March 13, looking for drugs and cash as part of a larger narcotics investigation connected to her former boyfriend. She was shot six times, though officials have not publicly said which officer or officers shot her.
Here are the latest updates in the case:
- Attorney General Daniel Cameron said his investigation determined that Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were justified in their actions and that they did announce themselves as police officers before the shooting.
- Bail was set at $15,000 for Hankison.
- The mayor of Louisville imposed a 72-hour curfew on Wednesday a day after declaring a state of emergency. Police have cut off access to downtown Louisville and set up barricades and fences around buildings.
- Six Louisville police officers – including the three who fired their weapons into Breonna Taylor’s apartment – remain under internal investigation into whether officers broke department policies. The review is separate from the one the department sent to the Kentucky attorney general to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.
- Last week, the city of Louisville announced a $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor’s family, which included a host of police reforms. The police union said it felt betrayed by the mayor, while activists said arresting the officers involved is the only way to get justice.
- Also last week, the Louisville metro council declared a no confidence vote in the mayor over his handling of the Taylor case.