The FBI investigation into the shooting death of Breonna Taylor could lead to federal charges against the officers — after a Kentucky grand jury indicted only one Louisville cop on counts that were not related to her death, according to a media report.
An FBI spokesperson told ABC News that they were still probing “all aspects” of the tragic killing that has sparked nationwide protests and riots.
“As we have indicated, our investigation is focusing on all aspects of Breonna Taylor’s death,” the spokesperson said. “Once our investigation is concluded, we will provide the collected facts to the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to determine if federal criminal charges are warranted.”
Former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison was indicted Wednesday on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for recklessly shooting into an apartment next door to Taylor’s on the night she was killed. Hankison faces up to 15 years in prison. He was fired from the department in June for his conduct.
On March 13, officers Myles Cosgrove, Hankison and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly executed a warrant on Taylor’s Louisville apartment at about 1 a.m. as part of a narcotics investigation into her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, and her new boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were awoken by a loud boom before officers stormed into the apartment without identifying themselves, according to a lawsuit filed by Walker. Louisville officials have insisted that the officers “knocked and announced” themselves before entering.
Believing that the cops were intruders, Walker fired first. A shootout ensued, and Taylor was struck by six bullets — including one fatal round that came from Cosgrove’s gun, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron told reporters during a press conference Wednesday. Cosgrove and Mattingly were justified in their use of force since Walker fired first, Cameron said.
Mattingly was struck in the thigh and Walker, who has a concealed-carry permit, was initially charged with attempted murder and assault but the raps were later dropped.
The grand jury decision spurred violent protests that saw the non-fatal shooting of two cops and led to over 120 arrests, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
Larynzo Johnson, 26, was arrested for allegedly opening fire on the officers, striking one in the abdomen and the other in the thigh, according to the local paper.
Taylor’s family has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Louisville for $12 million.