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Grand jury says “no evidence to support a criminal violation of state law” in death of Breonna Taylor, woman shot by police serving warrant


This news story was published on September 24, 2020.
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Breonna Taylor

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Wednesday announced the completion of the Special Prosecution Unit’s (SPU) investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor.  The findings of the investigation were presented to a Jefferson County Grand Jury, and the Grand Jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment, a Class D felony.

“The loss of Ms. Breonna Taylor’s life is a tragedy, and our office has worked tirelessly since receiving the case in mid-May to review all of the evidence in preparation for presenting it to an independent Grand Jury,” said Attorney General Cameron.  “The Grand Jury determined that there is no evidence to support a criminal violation of state law caused Ms. Taylor’s death.  The Grand Jury found that there was sufficient evidence to indict Detective Hankison for wanton endangerment for firing his weapon outside a sliding glass door and through a bedroom window, with some bullets traveling through that apartment and entering the apartment next door while three residents were at home.”

During the course of the independent investigation into Ms. Taylor’s death, SPU conducted interviews, sought the expertise of state and federal partners, including the KSP and FBI crime labs, and spent thousands of hours examining all of the available evidence.  SPU completed the last interview in the case on Friday, September 18, and began presenting the findings to a Jefferson County Grand Jury on Monday, September 21.

In the early morning hours of March 13, Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Brett Hankison, and Detective Myles Cosgrove executed a search warrant at the home of Ms. Breonna Taylor.  The officers were advised by superiors to knock and announce their presence in serving this specific search warrant.

Evidence from SPU’s investigation shows that officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment.  The officer’s statements about their announcement are corroborated by an independent witness who was near in proximity to Ms. Taylor’s apartment.

When officers were unable to get anyone to answer or open the door to the apartment, the decision was made to breach the door. After breaching the door, Sergeant Mattingly was the first, and only officer, to enter the residence.  Sergeant Mattingly identified two individuals standing beside one another at the end of the hall, a male and female.  In his statement, he says that the male was holding a gun, arms extended, in a shooting stance.  Mattingly saw the man’s gun fire, heard a “boom,” and immediately knew he was shot as a result of feeling heat in his upper thigh.

Mr. Kenneth Walker fired the shot that hit Sergeant Mattingly, and there is no evidence to support that Sergeant Mattingly was hit by friendly fire from the other officers.  Mr. Walker admitted that he fired one shot and was the first to shoot. In addition to all the testimony, the ballistics report shows that the round that struck Sergeant Mattingly was fired from a nine-millimeter handgun.  The LMPD officers fired 40 caliber handguns.

Sergeant Mattingly returned fire down the hallway.  Mattingly fired six shots.  Almost simultaneously, Detective Cosgrove, also in the doorway area, shot sixteen times.  This all took place in a matter of seconds.

In total, six bullets struck Ms. Taylor.  Medical evidence in the case shows that only one shot was fatal.  Further medical evidence shows that Ms. Taylor would have died from the fatal shot within seconds to two minutes after being struck.

Detective Hankison fired his weapon 10 times—including from outside a sliding glass door and through a bedroom window.  Some bullets traveled through apartment four and into apartment three, before some exited that apartment.  At the time, three residents of apartment three were at home, including a male, a pregnant female, and a child.

There is no conclusive evidence that any bullets fired from Detective Hankison’s weapon struck Ms. Taylor.

The KSP ballistics analysis did not identify which of the three officers fired the fatal shot.  The FBI Crime Lab was asked to conduct an analysis to see if their analysis reached the same results.  The FBI ballistics analysis concluded that the fatal shot was fired by Detective Cosgrove.

SPU looked at both reports to determine if there were major differences in the procedures used by each lab that would have led the FBI to identify who fired the fatal shot. Both law enforcement agencies used similar equipment and analysis, but issued different findings.

The investigation found that Sergeant Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force, after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker.  Secondary to this justification, the KSP and FBI ballistics analysis reached different conclusions, creating a reasonable doubt in the evidence about who fired the fatal shot.

Also at today’s announcement, Attorney General Cameron announced he will be creating a task force to review the process for securing, reviewing, and executing search warrants in Kentucky. The task force will include elected leaders, citizens, law enforcement representatives, members of the judiciary, defense attorneys, and others.

“Conducting a top to bottom review of the search warrant process is necessary to allow input on the current system and determine if changes are required,” said Attorney General Cameron.  “This is a necessary step for our law enforcement, citizens, and elected leaders to take together, and I look forward to leading this important discussion.”

The Attorney General’s full remarks from the press conference can be accessed here.  The press conference was livestreamed on the Attorney General’s official Facebook page.

Ben Crump, attorney for the family of Breonna Taylor, released a statement, saying, “The indictment was insulting & offensive to Breonna Taylor’s life, legacy, & family. The grand jury proceedings were a SHAM. The “wanton endangerment” charge is an example of America’s 2 justice systems – protecting white neighbors & ignoring the death of a Black woman. How ironic and typical that the only charges brought in Breonna Taylor’s case were for shots fired into the apartment of a white neighbor, while no charges were brought for the shots fired at Bre or into her Black neighbor’s apartment.”

Earlier, it was announced Breonna Taylor’s family will receive a $12 million settlement from the city of Louisville connected to this incident.

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32 Responses to Grand jury says “no evidence to support a criminal violation of state law” in death of Breonna Taylor, woman shot by police serving warrant

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 27, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    President Trump has delivered for the USA

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 27, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Donkey girl … let me guess ur a cross between Rachel madcow and cankles Clinton

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      College Boy Reply Report comment

      September 28, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      actually I met her at Jitters I noticed her typing a comment on NIT. she’s hot trust me

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    its ok to break in houses and shoot people we do it all the time

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    This election is about MOBS OR JOBS !!!

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      Donkey Girl Reply Report comment

      September 27, 2020 at 11:23 am

      whats the unemployment rate again?

      oh and who sunk their dumb maga boats on a texas lake bahaha a mob of dumbasses?

      clueless much?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 27, 2020 at 11:31 am

      More people are on the unemployment line now than there were in 2008 during our Great Recession.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    It was a no knock warrant but they are saying they did announce themselves.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2020 at 10:10 am

    You’d think police should possess some common sense. The man they were looking for was in jail, in their own jail. C’mon folks, none of this would have happened if they’d have done just a little bit of mental work instead of going full-out macho with a No Knock Warrant in the middle of the night!

    And what happened to doing a little bit of stake-out and watch the place to know where the wanted person would be?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 26, 2020 at 8:08 am

    Try another new channel instead of the fake ones – Police knocked and announced themselves (have witnesses who also lived there – Her drug dealing boyfriend shot first hitting a cop – She was lying next to her drug dealing boyfriend and had drugs hidden in the apartment. Not so innocent – 12 million paid to quell future riots (boy that worked out swell ! BLM BS.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 26, 2020 at 8:27 am

      You are lying again. They had one witness who said they announced themselves and numerous witnesses who said they didn’t. Her”drug-dealing boyfriend”, who I suspect you believe had his name was on the warrant, is not Kenneth Walker who is the person who was with her at the time of her death. The drug dealer did not live there and Taylor and he had stopped seeing her. There were no drugs or money found in the apartment. The amazing thing is that you were paid nothing to post this bs but will probably be given a position of importance in Russia.
      https://www.npr.org/2020/09/04/909793704/attempt-to-link-breonna-taylor-to-alleged-drug-trafficking-a-source-of-controver

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 26, 2020 at 10:06 am

      The man they were looking for was Breonna’s EX-BF, who was IN JAIL when they went looking for him. I would call that gross stupidity on the part of the police. Had they checked their inmate list (where should you first look for a criminal, imho) an innocent woman would be alive today and none of this mess would be happening.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    I guess drugs are fatal

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 25, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    You have no knock warrants, The Castle Law, open and concealed carry… so people have guns to protect their homes, cops have guns when they do no knock warrants. Nobody sees a problem here?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 26, 2020 at 10:12 am

      Yeap. Now there is a dead, innocent woman and a huge mess that cost the PD $12 million Oh wait! It cost the CITY and taxpayers $12 million because of police ineptitude. A city that will remain in unrest, yeah, it’s a huge mess that shouldn’t have happened.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Found NOT GUILTY because they are NOT GUILTY.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 25, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      Exactly

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 25, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      Except that Louisville admitted in the civil case their officers were at fault and gave the Taylor family $12 million as compensation. Sounds pretty much like guilty to me.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        September 25, 2020 at 10:17 pm

        The officers were not at fault. The people who gave the address information were at fault. Fruit of the poisonous tree. Their initial mistake made the possibility of this happening, and it did. Yes, there was guilt there. But not of the officer who fired his weapon. The guilt was of the person who passed on the false information. Mistake or not is irrelevant. A person died because of it.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          September 25, 2020 at 11:01 pm

          They should have done their homework. Because they didn’t, a woman is dead and a family is grieving.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          September 26, 2020 at 1:18 am

          You say “they” should have done their homework. The fact is “they” didn’t, but “they” were not the ones who were fired on, and “they” were not the ones who killed Taylor. You are just like the blacks. Throwing “they” out there and not defining who “they” are. It takes objectivity and logical thinking to see through the fog this incident is covered with. And until the blacks accept the truth and see the correct progression of events, their looting, burning and protesting will not stop.

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            Anonymous

            September 26, 2020 at 5:17 am

            That right there is a Bull’s Eye.

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            Anonymous

            September 26, 2020 at 8:28 am

            No, that right there is bull sh**

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          September 26, 2020 at 10:07 am

          The cops should have checked their inmate list, where the wanted man was located. Get it? THE MAN THEY WERE LOOKING FOR WAS RIGHT UNDER THEIR OWN NOSES!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    I hope that everyone who reads nit realizes they are not getting the full story. Mark deletes any posts that he does not like or agree with, even if those posts are well written with substance. I am beginning to read nit just for the chuckle i get out of they way he manipulates what’s on here. Watch, this post will be removed also. Let’s face it, no one really takes this site seriously. I do it because i like to see mark get pissed off.

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    Conshoka Flowers Reply Report comment

    September 24, 2020 at 10:27 am

    why storm the apartment in the first place why not wait for the occupants to come out the next day and then go into the premasis seesm like cops just want to play soldier or live out a movie

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 24, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      That is the first common sense post I have read about that tragic accident. Has to be from someone outside of Mason City. To look at this place, you would swear that everyone here ate paint chips when they were kids.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      September 25, 2020 at 5:22 am

      Oh yes…that’s it… always take the side of the drug dealers over the cops. Idiot.

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      HOLN1 Reply Report comment

      September 25, 2020 at 10:28 am

      Right , They have a no-knock arrest warrant @ 3:00 a.m. wasn’t it. Even if the story is true that they did announce themselves the residents may have been asleep and not heard. Door kicked in right ? WTF Seems like a horrible policy to me . Really dumb . Dr. Phil would say , ” I don’t ask myself why , but why not “

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    Donkey Girl Reply Report comment

    September 24, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Police got charged for the bullets that MISSED Breonna… let that sink in.