Kentucky Grand Jury Indicts One Officer in Breonna Taylor Killing

Breonna Taylor (Family Photo)

A Kentucky grand jury has indicted one of the three officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for Taylor’s death, Louisville TV station WLKY reported Wednesday.

A warrant is being issued for Hankison’s arrest and a judge set his bond at $15,000.

The two other officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were not indicted.

The announcement of the indictment came after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office presented its findings to the grand jury earlier this week.

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Taylor was fatally shot in her home when officers executed a “no-knock” warrant in a narcotics investigation on March 13. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was legally armed and said he believed the home was being broken into. Walker fired a shot and injured an officer, and police returned fire killing Taylor.

Taylor’s death sparked outrage and led to nationwide cries for the arrest of the officers involved in the 26-year-old’s death.

On Sept. 15, the city of Louisville settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Taylor’s family for $12 million.

The settlement included changes to the approval process for and execution of search warrants, as well as a housing credit program to provide incentives for officers to live in certain low-income areas in the city and the expansion of random drug testing of officers. But the city was not required to admit wrongdoing in Taylor’s death.