Grand Jury Does Not Directly Charge Any Officer in Death of Breonna Taylor

A Louisville, Kentucky, grand jury has indicted one of three police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Former detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June, was indicted while Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were not indicted.

A wanton endangerment charge is considered a class D felony, carrying a penalty of one to five years in prison. This is not related to Breonna’s death and is instead related to shooting into the neighboring apartments, according to the Associated Press.

“This is a tragedy,” Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said today at a news conference, according to CNN. “And sometimes, the criminal law is not adequate to respond to a tragedy. And I fully acknowledge that and I know many that are watching today and those listening recognize that as well. But the response is that the grand jury was given all of the evidence, presented all the information, and ultimately, made the determination that Detective [Brett] Hankison was the one to be indicted.”

Cameron also announced he is creating a task force to review how search warrants are carried out. Taylor, an ER technician, was killed when police officers issued a “no-knock warrant” at her apartment shortly before 1 a.m. on March 13. When the officers burst inside, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot, hitting Mattingly in the thigh. The officers then fired more than two dozen rounds, killing Taylor. Protestors, including many celebrities, nationwide have called for “justice for Breonna.” The FBI is now investigating for possible civil rights violations by the police officers.