Jury selection rescheduled for officer involved in botched raid on Breonna Taylor's apartment

No one has been charged in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

February 01, 2022, 11:44 AM

Jury selection has been rescheduled to Thursday in the trial of a former Kentucky police officer who was involved in the botched raid that killed Breonna Taylor.

Brett Hankison's trial was initially scheduled to begin Aug. 31, 2021, but was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Now Hankison's trial is being delayed due to an unscheduled recent surgery.

PHOTO: Breonna Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer, center, leads a march through the streets of downtown Louisville on the one year anniversary of Taylor's death on March 13, 2021, in Louisville, Ky.
Breonna Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer, center, leads a march through the streets of downtown Louisville on the one year anniversary of Taylor's death on March 13, 2021, in Louisville, Ky.
Timothy D. Easley/AP, FILE

Hankison is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into a neighboring apartment while serving a "no-knock" warrant on Taylor's apartment on March 13, 2020.

He and Louisville Metro Police Department officers Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly fired 32 shots into Taylor's apartment.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has called Taylor's death a "tragedy" but defended the officers' decision to shoot. None have been charged with Taylor's death.

"Our investigation found that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after having been fired upon by Kenneth Walker," Cameron said. "This justification bars us from pursuing charges in Ms. Breonna Taylor's death."

Hankison fired 10 of the shots into Taylor's apartment. Errant bullets penetrated a wall of the residence and entered a neighboring apartment that was occupied by a child, a man and a pregnant woman, according to Cameron.

Taylor, a Black 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was fatally shot multiple times during the raid. No drugs were found in her apartment.

Cameron said none of Hankison's shots struck Taylor.

Hankison and Cosgrove have both been fired from the force. Mattingly retired last June.

PHOTO: This March 13, 2020, photo provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department shows Officer Brett Hankison. Hankison took part in the deadly 2020 raid on Breonna Taylor's home.
This March 13, 2020, photo provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department shows Officer Brett Hankison. Hankison took part in the deadly 2020 raid on Breonna Taylor's home.
Louisville Metro Police Dept. via AP

Hankison has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

"Our hope is that we can pick an impartial jury," Hankison's lawyer Stew Mathews told ABC News. "We're going to both defend [against] the charges in the courtroom."

The fatal shooting sparked protests nationwide, as demonstrators demanded action against police brutality and racism in policing.

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