Charges filed in Breonna Taylor Case

By: Tatiania Perry

Over six months since Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment, the city of Louisville and many across the nation anxiously waited for the outcome of the Kentucky Grand Jury. 

The grand jury reviewed  the conduct of Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove and former detective Brett Hankison and decided not to indict Mattingly, and Cosgrove for a crime at all.

Hankison has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for the stray bullets fired into neighboring apartments.

A verdict won’t happen because a person must be charged before they can be convicted, but a decision on criminal charges is expected.

The 26-year old EMT and aspiring nurse was shot five times, though officials have not publicly said which officer(s) shot her.

The officers broke down her apartment door late at night while executing a “no-knock” warrant in a March narcotics investigation.

Taylor’s death sparked outrage with the chat “say her name,” providing a focus for black women specifically who have been killed by police.

Her story gathered nationwide attention after the killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police.

On Sept. 15, the city of Louisville announced a $12 million settlement in the Taylor family’ wrongful death lawsuit. 

The city also reformed some of the police protocols including using social workers to provide support of certain police runs and requiring commanders to review and approve search warrants prior to seeking judicial approval. 

Two days prior to the announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and police chief Robert Schroeder declared a state of emergency on Kentucky’s largest city and placed a county wide curfew for 9 p.m.

The city and the police department set up barricades restricting vehicle access to downtown areas. Stores and restaurants have boarded up their windows, and some federal buildings closed for the week. Protesters started gathering Wednesday morning, hours before the expected announcement. 

There is still an open investigation by the FBI.

Tatiania Perry

I am a journalism graduate student. In my undergraduate at the University I had the privilege of working for The Daily Illini as an Assistant Sports Editor, interning for NBC Sports Group in the digital media department as and most recently I served as a digital intern for Illinois Public Newsroom and a Teaching Assistant for the College of Media. I chose to go into Journalism because I love the idea of telling the stories of those who would otherwise not be heard, being a voice to the voiceless.