Kentucky Attorney General announces completion of investigation into homicide of Breonna Taylor without charges relating to her death

Andrei Stoica

9/23/2020- Frankfort, Kentucky

LMPD photo of Brett Hankinson

Photo from the LMPD

Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the completion of the investigation led by the Special Prosecution Unit into the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor. The findings were shown to a Grand Jury that indicted one of the three former detectives involved. The charges are of three counts of wanton endangerment by detective Brett Hankison.

On March 13th 2020 detectives Hankison and Myles Cosgrove along with sergeant Jonathan Mattingly executed a questionable warrant that ended in the police firing over 25 rounds into the apartment. The gunfire started after Mrs. Taylor's boyfriend believed he was a victim of a home invasion and fired one round. While the fatal shot was found to have been fired by Cosgrove by an FBI analysis detective Hankinson fired 10 times, including through a bedroom window. Some of the rounds went through a nearby apartment occupied by a pregnant woman and a child.

The warrant itself drew scrutiny when Mrs. Taylor's family attorney Ben Crump released a statement pointing out evidence of false information given to obtain it.

Published on: 9/23/2020