UPDATE: Officer charged in Breonna Taylor shooting death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KLKN) — The community responds to the Grand Jury’s decision through protests. Many now chanting ‘protect black woman’ as they march across Louisville.

AG Cameron announces that he will deliver an executive order to form a new task force to oversee and review the search warrant processes.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the Grand Jury has voted to return an indictment to former officer Hankinson on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in the shooting case of Breonna Taylor.

The force used by Sgt. Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were deemed appropriate by Kentucky law.

“Justice must be done.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that officers had knocked and announced their presence, therefore it was not a no-knock warrant.

Sgt. Mattingly was the first and only officer to enter the residence. Sgt. Mattingly saw Kenneth Walker, who was holding a gun. Walker shot Sgt. Mattingly.

Walker himself admitted he was the first to shoot.

Sgt. Mattingly and his fellow officers, including Detective Cosgrove and former officer Hankinson, returned fire.

Breonna Taylor was shot six times, but only one was fatal.

The state’s investigation states that Sgt. Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove acted within their rights.

The FBI determined that this shot was fired by Detective Cosgrove.

“Every day this family wakes up to the realization that someone they love was taken away from them,” said Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron prepares to hold a press conference concerning the results of the Grand Jury proceedings concerning the death of Breonna Taylor.

Former officer Brett Hankison has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.

This means Hankison is accused of having an ‘extreme indifference to the value of human life,’ engaging in conduct that puts an individual’s life in peril leading to injury or death.

His bond has been set at 15,000 dollars, and a warrant is to be put out.

This afternoon, scheduled for 12:15, a grand jury will make a decision concerning the fatal shooting death of Breonna Taylor. We will be covering this decision on-air and online. Tune in to Channel 8, or check this web story for the latest updates.

Today, Louisville’s Mayor held a press conference concerning the upcoming announcement.

It all began on March 13, when Louisville officers served a no-knock narcotics warrant for Kenneth Walker, who was located at Taylor’s residence.

During the process of serving the warrant, Taylor was fatally shot in her home. Police later announced that Walker was arrested after wounding an officer during an exchange of gunfire.

A month later, Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Louisville and the local police department.

Then, on May 28th, Walker’s 911 call, made while the warrant was being served, is released. This sparked a string of large protests within Louisville.

By mid-September, the City announces a civil settlement with Taylor’s family. They received 12-million-dollars in the settlement and a promise of police reforms.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A grand jury in Kentucky was scheduled to present its findings to a judge Wednesday in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers who burst into her home at night.

Afterward, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron planned to hold a news conference to discuss the grand jury report. The news comes as people await a decision on whether charges will be filed against Louisville police officers involved in the deadly shooting.

Taylor, a Black emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times by officers who entered her home using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation on March 13. 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.

Cameron’s office had been receiving materials from the Louisville Police Department’s public integrity unit while they tried to determine whether state charges would be brought against the three officers involved, he has said.

Officer Brett Hankison was fired from the city’s police department June 23. A termination letter sent to him by interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder said the white officer had violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” shot 10 rounds of gunfire into Taylor’s apartment in March.

Hankison, Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly, Officer Myles Cosgrove and the detective who sought the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, were placed on administrative reassignment after the shooting.

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.

On Sept. 15, the city settled a lawsuit against the three officers brought by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, agreeing to pay her $12 million and enact police reforms.

Protesters in Louisville and across the country have demanded justice for Taylor and other Black people killed by police in recent months. The release in late May of a 911 call by Taylor’s boyfriend marked the beginning of days of protests in Louisville, fueled by her shooting and the violent death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Several prominent African American celebrities including Oprah and Beyoncé have joined those urging that the officers be charged.

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