Grand Jury Indict Police Officer On Wanton Endangerment Charges In Breonna Taylor's Death
The jury presented its decision against officer Brett Hankison to a judge in Louisville today.
Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
According to WSLS, if convicted, each charge carries a prison sentence of one to five years.
Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, the two other officers who discharged their weapons during the incident, have not been charged.
Taylor, a hospital emergency room technician, was shot multiple times when officers burst into her home on 13 March during a narcotics investigation.
She had been in bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when they heard banging on the door.
A warrant had been granted to search the home as investigators suspected her ex-boyfriend, a convicted drug dealer - was using her address to receive packages.
Taylor, however, had no criminal record, and during the raid, no drugs were found at her property.
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The 26-year-old's death sparked a wave of protests across the world, as people demanded justice not only for her, but also countless others who have been killed by police in recent months.
While Hankinson was fired from the force in June after investigators found he had 'wantonly and blindly fired 10 rounds' into the home, Mattingly and Cosgrove were reassigned to administrative duties.
In May, Taylor's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, which concluded in September with a $12m (£9.3m) pay-out from the city.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is expected to announce whether his office will bring charges, but it is not yet known when this will be.
On Tuesday, Mayor Greg Fischer placed Louisville under a state of emergency as the city waited to find out whether or not Hankinson would be charged.
Fischer said he had declared the measure 'due to the potential for civil unrest', noting how protests have been held for over 100 consecutive days in Louisville.
He said on Twitter: "Our goal is ensuring space and opportunity for potential protesters to gather and express their First Amendment rights after the announcement.
"At the same time, we are preparing for any eventuality to keep everyone safe."
Fischer added: "I urge everyone to commit once again to a peaceful, lawful response, like we've seen here for the majority of the past several months."
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