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No officers charged in Breonna Taylor’s killing, 1 indicted on wanton endangerment

A grand jury has announced that none of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death will be indicted for homicide charges, including murder or manslaughter.

Instead, one of the officers, Brett Hankison, is being charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony. The felony is punishable of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

The other officers involved in Taylor’s death, Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were not indicted.

Protesters have been calling for charges to be filed against the officers involved in Taylor’s shooting death since she was killed while a no-knock narcotics search warrant was served at her home on March 13. No drugs were found.

The Louisville Metro Police fired one of the officers involved, Hankison, in June, saying he violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life.” The other officers involved in the case — Mattingly and Cosgrove — have been placed on administrative reassignment.

Prior to the announcement, LMPD restricted access to downtown Louisville ahead of the attorney general’s announcement, like limiting vehicle access and setting up barricades. Louisville Metro Police Department interim Chief Robert Schroeder said it’s to protect the public while also allowing for demonstrations.

Louisville has seen over 100 days of riots and protest in the aftermath of Taylor’s death.


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