LOUISVILLE, KY—an emergency room technician Breonna Taylor’s murder indicted. Taylor did not have a criminal record.
Brett Hankison, the former Louisville police officer who allegedly fatally shot Breonna Taylor, was indicted by a grand jury on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.
Two other officers involved in the March shooting — Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove — were not charged following months of investigations of all the officers.
The former police officer Hankison was fired after Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder said he violated standard operating procedure for use of deadly force and obedience to rules and regulations the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.
The long-awaited findings of a grand jury probe into the fatal police shooting were to be announced by Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R-Kentucky) Wednesday afternoon.
Ms. Taylor was known to hold illegal drugs for her boyfriend, but on the night of the shooting—Taylor was inside of her apartment and with no drugs present. And Ms. Taylor had not dated the drug dealing boyfriend for months at the time of the shooting.
“She (Breonna) was already an accomplished and certified EMT for the City of Louisville and currently worked for UofL as a medical tech. This is not a woman who would sacrifice her life and her family morals and values to sell drugs on the street,” said Bonica Austin, Taylor’s aunt.
Demonstrators at makeshift memorial to Taylor in downtown Louisville called for Cameron to step down after the charges were announced in court and the former’s detective’s bond was set at $15,000.
The Grand Jury indicted the officer more than six months after Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT and aspiring nurse, was shot to death without cause by the Louisville police officers in her home. The bullets most likely was from the charging officers gun–that lead to the indictment of one single officer and not all three. The officers broke down the door to her apartment while executing a late-night, “no-knock” warrant in a narcotics investigation on March 13.
The family of Taylor, wants the truth and charges for all officers involved in the death of their loved one. One of the officers stated through their attorney, that he was following orders.
The indictment of an officer involved in a murder rarely ends in an indictment, but in this case it has. The conviction will be a major battle for Kentucky’s Attorney General Cameron. But the indictment and evidence is overwhelming according to the charging documents.
“Taylor’s family filed a lawsuit against the officers involved in the shooting on April 27. On September 15, the city of Louisville announced a $12 million settlement with Taylor’s family last week — the largest sum paid by the city for a police misconduct case.”