Brett Hankison trial: Jury deadlocks in ex-Louisville Metro Police officer’s federal trial

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Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison.


A choose declared a mistrial on Thursday within the civil rights trial of Brett Hankison, the previous Louisville Metro Police Division detective federally charged in reference to the deadly March 2020 capturing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, after the jury reported it was deadlocked.

Hankison denied the fees, two federal counts of deprivation of rights below shade of legislation: one depend for Taylor and one depend for 3 of her neighbors.

The fees stem from the botched raid by which Louisville Metro Cops fatally shot Taylor, an emergency room technician, shortly after midnight on March 13, 2020.

That summer season, Taylor’s dying, together with the killings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery sparked fiery protests and a worldwide reckoning with police violence and racial inequality.

Taylor was in her house along with her boyfriend, whereas a lady, a person and a 3-year-old boy have been within the house subsequent door on the time of the incident, in line with court docket paperwork.

CNN has reached out to attorneys and court docket officers to verify particulars of the court docket proceedings.

Hankison was one in all 4 present and former Louisville law enforcement officials who have been charged in 2022 with federal civil rights violations, which included detectives who labored on the search warrant.

The fees have been the primary federal counts leveled towards any of the officers concerned within the botched raid. They have been filed after a jury in state court docket acquitted Hankison in March 2022 of three counts of felony wanton endangerment in reference to the raid. He was the one one charged on the state degree.

Hankison’s attorneys advised the jury he was making an attempt to avoid wasting the opposite officers within the house by capturing via the home windows at what he believed was an individual armed with an A-R rifle, CNN affiliate WAVE reported.

After officers broke via Taylor’s door and entered into her house, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker III, fired a gun he legally owned and struck one of many officers.

Hankison testified he believed a shootout was occurring, not realizing most pictures have been coming from police, and although he couldn’t see via the coated home windows, he noticed flashes and shot towards the realm he believed the shooter was situated, WLKY reported.

Taylor’s dying was one in all a number of instances that highlighted the hazards of no-knock warrants, and a few police departments have moved away from the apply within the years since.

Hankison, together with different officers, broke within the entrance door of the house, the place she was sleeping with Walker.

Walker was initially charged with tried homicide of a police officer and first-degree assault, earlier than prosecutors determined to drop the fees.

Hankison was fired from the police division in June 2020.

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