A group of police officers who shot a black paramedic dead in her home will not be charged with killing her. Fired Louisville Police Detective Brett Hankison will face three wanton endangerment charges over the March 13 shooting death of Breonna Taylor at her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
No charges against his colleagues Myles Cosgrove – the cop who fired the fatal shot – and Jonathan Mattingly were filed, sparking fury among family members who accused all three of murder.
Hankison was charged over stray bullets that flew into a neighboring apartment while he shot into Taylor’s home, rather than the five shots which killed the paramedic. A warrant for his arrest has been issued, and his bail amount has been set at $15,000. He faces up to 15 years behind bars if convicted.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Cosgrove and Mattingly were found to be ‘justified’ in shooting on the night of Taylor’s death because they were defending themselves. Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Williams fired the first shot after the trio of cops burst into her home.
There was no surveillance video or bodycam footage of the killing, with investigators relying on ballistics reports to reach their conclusions. The decision was relayed by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell on Wednesday afternoon, sparked devastation among Taylor’s friends and supporters, who wanted all three cops to face murder charges.