An Update on Breonna Taylor’s Case


Mariana Razo, Editor-in-Chief

Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old Black woman that was shot multiple times in her home by Louisville Metro Police Department officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020. Since then, none of these officers have been charged with the murder of Taylor.

Months after her death, a decision has been reached in Taylor’s case. On Wednesday, September 23, a grand jury indicted Brett Hankison on 3 counts of wanton endangerment, meaning that shots were fired in a neighboring apartment that endangered citizens. However, none of these charges are for causing the death of Breonna Taylor, but rather the shots fired themselves.

The remaining officers, Jonathon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, have not been indicted or charged with the murder. FBI ballistics determined that the bullet that killed Taylor came from Cosgrove’s gun.

According to CNN, wanton endangerment is “…a Class D felony, the lowest of four classes of felonies. The maximum sentence is five years; the minimum is one year.” If Hankison is convicted, he faces five years for each count.

Shortly after the indictment was announced, protests erupted. Many protesters predicted this result and therefore, immediately began protesting the announcement. Locals and celebrities expressed their disappointment in the decision throughout social media. Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris tweeted, “We must never stop speaking Breonna’s name as we work to reform our justice system, including overhauling no-knock warrants.”

Louisville Mayor Gred Fischer placed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday through Friday. Also, the Kentucky National Guard was called to the city amid the announcement.

According to Louisville Police, there have been over 100 arrests in Louisville overnight Wednesday since the announcement. Protests escalated and two officers were shot in Louisville. Police fired tear gas at protesters in Atlanta.

Ben Crump, an attorney for Taylor’s family, stated, “This amounts to the most egregious disrespect of Black people, especially Black women, killed by police in America, and it’s indefensible, regardless of how Attorney General Daniel Cameron seeks to justify it.”