More than six months after emergency medical worker Breonna Taylor was shot dead by police in her Louisville home, a grand jury has indicted former officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment.
No other bills of indictments were announced against the two other officers who opened fire.
The Jefferson County grand jury presented its report at 1:15 p.m. ET to Jefferson County Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected to announce the results of the grand jury proceedings at 1:30 p.m. ET. in a press conference at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort.
How to watch: Breonna Taylor grand jury announcement
- What: Breonna Taylor grand jury report and press conference by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
- Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
- Time: 1:15 p.m. ET
- Location: Frankfort, Kentucky
- Online stream: Live on CBSN — in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device
The death of the 26-year-old Black woman during a March 13 raid is among several police shootings that have galvanized a nationwide push for police reform and racial justice. Louisville has been on edge for days awaiting a charging decision in the case, with rumors swirling but no clear indication of when it would come.
Protesters have for months demanded that the officers involved in Taylor’s death be charged. Two of the officers who opened fire, Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, have been placed on leave. Hankison has been fired.
Louisville mayor Greg Fischer last week announced a $12 million settlement with Taylor’s family over a civil lawsuit in the case, but her family has made it clear full justice would mean seeing the officers criminally charged.
Speaking before the announcement Wednesday, Fischer called for demonstrators to remain peaceful. He announced a citywide curfew overnight from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. in addition to other safety measures already in place, such as restricting traffic and parking in the downtown area. He said Louisville city buildings would be closed and he called on employers to allow workers to work remotely. Some downtown businesses had already closed in anticipation of the announcement, with many seen boarding up their windows.