Breonna Taylor

On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor and her boyrfriend Kenneth Walker were asleep in their apartment.  The Louisville Metro Police Department executed a no-knock warrant at their address.  Shots were fired by both parties. Breonna Taylor was killed and Kenneth Walker sustained injuries. These are the stories about this case.

The Breonna Taylor Case

Breonna Taylor Grand Jurors Say They Felt Other Charges Could Have Been Pursued

BY Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who served on the Breonna Taylor grand jury said he felt police actions on the night of her death were “criminal” but grand jurors were not given the chance to explore charges related to her shooting death by officers.

Two grand jurors, one a white man and the other an African American man, have spoken out about the grand jury proceedings through statements but have remained anonymous.

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AG's Office Asks Court to Seal Discovery for Hankison's Trial

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — During former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison's pre-trial conference Wednesday morning, Judge Ann Bailey Smith heard arguments about whether or not the court should reverse its order to place discovery for the case into the court file.

Ahead of Wednesday's conference, the Attorney General's Office, along with Hankison's attorney Stewart Matthews, asked the court to reconsider its decision and instead keep the discovery sealed. The Courier-Journal, represented by attorney Michael Abate, motioned to intervene.

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Grand Juror From Breonna Taylor Case Can Speak Out About Case

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:56 PM ET Oct. 20, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A judge has ruled that the anonymous grand juror from the Breonna Taylor case may speak publicly about the grand jury proceedings.

"As applied in this case, this Court finds that the traditional justifications for secrecy in this matter are no longer relevant and that the ends of justice require disclosure," wrote Judge Annie O'Connell in the order.

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Justice For Breonna Taylor Has Led Protesters To Feel A Sense Of Community

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sunday marked 137 days of protests in Louisville, and rain or shine, a dozen people to over 1,000 marching, peaceful to chaotic, someone has always been at Jefferson Square Park protesting for justice for Breonna Taylor, and along the way, a community has been created.

When the protests started in late May, Denorver Garrett used to drive from Cincinnati to participate. He can easily be spotted during a march because he carries a giant wooden cross, but when Garrett isn’t protesting, he has a hair trimmer in his hands.

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More Accounts of What Happened at Breonna Taylor's Apartment from Police Files

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There are many hours of video of officers giving accounts of what happened in the early morning hours of March 13 at Breonna Taylor's home, revealed in the release of Louisville Metro Police Department's (LMPD) Public Integrity Unit (PIU) file. Spectrum News 1 began going through and sharing information earlier this week. Included in the recordings is an interview with Detective Joshua Jaynes, the first time hearing from the officer who secured the search warrant for Taylor's apartment.

"These are our warrants. I mean, we all had a hand in this," Jaynes is heard telling investigators.

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Harvard Economist Argues Breonna Taylor is a Victim of America's Failed War on Drugs

BY Eva McKend

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Breonna Taylor's family and demonstrators continue to demand more transparency surrounding the events that led to her death, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron questions why law enforcement across the country are instructed to take on complicated drug investigations in the first place.

Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville police in March during the execution of a no-knock warrant. No drugs were found in Taylor's apartment.

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Daniel Cameron Asks Court to Keep Grand Juror from Speaking

BY Adam K. Raymond
UPDATED 6:10 PM ET Oct. 07, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked a court to keep an anonymous grand juror who heard evidence in the Breonna Taylor investigation from speaking publicly about the proceedings.

“As I’ve stated prior, I have no concerns with a grand juror sharing their thoughts or opinions about me and my office’s involvement in the matter involving the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor,” Cameron said in a statement. “However, I have concerns with a grand juror seeking to make anonymous and unlimited disclosures about the grand jury proceedings."

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Dozen of Videos, Interview Transcripts Released from LMPD Taylor Investigation

BY Ashleigh Mills and Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 10:30 PM ET Oct. 07, 2020

LOUISIVLLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) released its Public Integrity Unit's (PIU) investigative files on the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday, according to Mayor Greg Fischer.

"Following the decision of the Grand Jury announced by Attorney General Daniel Cameron, it was important to release the PIU files as quickly as possible to the public, after making necessary redactions," Fischer said. "Much of the information in these files was included in records from the Grand Jury proceedings that were released last week."

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Felony Rioting Charges Dropped Against Rep. Attica Scott, Others

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell is dismissing the felony riot charges against 18 people, including state Rep. Attica Scott, from protests on the night of Sept. 24.

Scott, who represents Louisville, was charged with failure to disperse, unlawful assembly and riot in the first degree, a felony.

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Mayor Fischer Rescinds State of Emergency, Lifts Traffic Restrictions

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer, through an executive order, has rescinded the State of Emergency he enacted in late September. The State of Emergency came as the city prepared for a decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

Through the same order, Fischer also announced the remaining barricades on Fifth, Sixth, Jefferson, and Liberty streets will be removed and parking restrictions in downtown Louisville will be lifted.

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Kentucky Alliance Calls for Special Prosecutor to Re-open Breonna Taylor Case

BY Eileen Street

The demands for the appointment of a special prosecutor come over a week after the attorney general’s office announced the grand jury charged only former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. There were no charges directly related to Taylor’s death.

On Friday, the attorney general's office released about 15 hours of recordings from the grand jury following a judge's order. Harrison claims the recordings show the case presented to the grand jury was biased.

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Breonna Taylor Case: The Most Anticipated Tape Release in Louisville

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Roughly 15 hours of recorded grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor investigation were made public Friday, giving the public a rare look at a typically secretive process and revealing new information about how Attorney General Daniel Cameron conducted his probe into the 26-year-old's March 13 killing.

The recordings cover proceedings conducted on Sept. 23-25. On the final day, the grand jury announced that one of the three officers involved in Taylor’s shooting — now-former Louisville Detective Brett Hankison — would be charged, and only for shots he fired into a neighboring apartment. That decision touched off several days of tense protests in Louisville.

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Listen Now: Grand Jury Recordings From Breonna Taylor Case

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:22 PM ET Oct. 02, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Spectrum News 1 has received the grand jury recordings from the Breonna Taylor case after a judge ordered Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release them. We are listening to and breaking down the approximately 15 hours of recordings submitted to Judge Ann Bailey Smith Friday. We are providing highlights from each day of testimony. Read about them below.

You can listen to the recordings here:

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"Not Just A Name:" Breonna Taylor's Teachers Remember Her

BY David Guildford

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Breonna Taylor’s name has echoed in cities around the world. But her tragedy is only part of her story.

Thursday, four Western High School teachers recalled Taylor's time at the school in detail and even showed reporters where she sat in social studies class.

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Judge Extends Deadline for AG to Submit Grand Jury Recordings

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 4:30 PM ET Sep. 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A judge ruled on a motion filed by Attorney General Daniel Cameron, granting his office an extension on the deadline to submit the grand jury recordings from the Breonna Taylor case. His office has until Friday, Oct. 2 at noon to submit the recordings.

Cameron filed a motion with the Jefferson Circuit Court Tuesday asking for an additional week so his office can protect the privacy of those involved in the case. Specifically, the motion "seeks to redact personal identifiers of any named person, and to redact both the names and personal identifiers of any private citizen."

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Attorney for Anonymous Grand Juror: "The Concern Is Truth and Transparency"

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:35 PM ET Sep. 29, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After an anonymous grand juror from the Breonna Taylor case filed a motion Monday for the release of the grand jury transcripts and recordings, their attorney, Kevin Glogower, spoke out. He said, during a press conference held at the Galt House, "the concern is truth and transparency."

Glogower said questions were being left unanswered by Attorney General Daniel Cameron. When asked if there was a key piece of evidence kept from the grand jury that should have been included, he said, "These questions are not being answered right now. What we're getting from the attorney general's office, two-fold at this point, is that they presented everything. I would submit to you, based on their own statements, they didn't do that."

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Attorney General Agrees to Release Grand Jury Recordings

BY Spectrum News Staff

KENTUCKY —A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge has ordered Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release grand jury recordings and he will comply on Wednesday.

Monday, Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered the release of the grand jury recordings during former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison's arraignment. Hankison, the only officer involved in Taylor's death to face charges from the grand jury, pleaded not guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment during the arraignment.

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Downtown Traffic Restrictions Loosened by Mayor Fischer

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 8:07 AM ET Sep. 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Traffic restrictions implemented in downtown Louisville last week have been loosened through an executive order issued by Mayor Greg Fischer.

Specifically, traffic restrictions and the parking ban from Broadway, north to Market Street, and from Second to Ninth streets have been lifted, and barriers along the routes are being removed. As well, restrictions on access to the following downtown parking garages have been lifted:

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Former LMPD Officer Brett Hankison to Be Arraigned Monday Afternoon

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 10:12 AM ET Sep. 28, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, is scheduled for arraignment Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Last week, a grand jury charged Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. He was the only officer involved in Taylor's death to receive charges; however, his charges are not related to Taylor's death. Rather, his charges stem from bullets that went into neighboring apartments.

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UofL Law Professor Answers Lingering Questions With Breonna Taylor's Case

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There have been many questions asked and many demands made following the announcement Wednesday of charges related to the night Breonna Taylor was shot.

University of Louisville law professor Samuel Marcosson wasn’t surprised that Brett Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment in the first degree.

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LMPD Video Shows Destruction in Downtown Louisville

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 11:04 AM ET Sep. 27, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Protests in downtown Louisville continued into the weekend and like the previous three nights Louisville Metro Police made arrests.

Protesters marched just after 6 p.m. and returned to Jefferson Square Park before 7:30 p.m. They announced several times before the 9 p.m. curfew that they planned to stay in the park and barked warnings to those who didn't want to be arrested that they should leave. By 9 p.m. the park was empty and large number of protesters had walked to a church on Second Street. Just before the curfew went into effect LMPD tweeted out a pair of advisories alerting people to the fact that it can declare unlawful assembly at anytime for safety reasons and those wishing to leave peacefully needed to head west on Jefferson Street.

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Louisville Barber Believes, 'We'll Be Strong Like Ali'

BY Trevor Pettiford

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trying to create progress from unrest is a big topic this week. Spectrum News 1 went to the New T&B Classic Cuts barbershop for some generational advice. The shop has been a fixture in Louisville's West End for 56 years. We found that, after all that's happened since the protests started, the men inside had a lot more than getting a cut on their minds. Barber Eric Hansberry agrees with the message but doesn't agree when the protests turn violent and destructive.

"What they're doing is tearing up the city, not having concern for their aunts and grandparents who may not be able to go shopping 'cause they tore up the Kroger's that's near their homes," Hansberry said. Darryl Powell, a customer in the shop Saturday, said he hopes all of the people taking to the streets do something even more meaningful in November.

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Threats Made Against Church Providing Sanctuary for Protesters

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The First Unitarian Church of Louisville has received criticism and threats for offering itself as a safe space to protesters, church leaders said Saturday.

“There certainly has been some negative feedback,” said Pastor Lori Kyle. She said criticism has been “largely rhetorical,” but on Friday, at least two church volunteers felt concerned for their personal safety when a group of gun-toting men drove back and forth down the alley behind the church.

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Police and Protesters Clash Again on the Third Night of Protests

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 9:08 AM ET Sep. 26, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two days after a grand jury announced its findings in the Breonna Taylor case, protests continued throughout Louisville.

Early in the evening protesters began marching from from Jefferson Square Park to the NuLu neighborhood on Main Street. Louisville Metro Police asked them to walk on the sidewalks so that traffic could move. When crowds refused, LMPD declared an unlawful assembly. Police set off a pair of flashbang rounds in the air above the crowd and police told them to disperse and move east. Crowds did begin to disperse, with many walking back to the park. Two people were arrested.

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Group of UK Students Host Third-Straight Vigil In Response To Decision In Breonna Taylor Case

BY Brandon Roberts

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A group led and organized by students at the University of Kentucky gathered for the third-straight night on Friday to host a vigil in response to the decision in the Breonna Taylor Case.

A Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday returned three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment against one of the three police officers involved in a shooting that resulted in Taylor’s death. Those charges, against former Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison, were unrelated to Taylor’s death.

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Arrests Made as Protesters and Police Clash

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 11:08 PM ET Sep. 25, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It's been more than two days since Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that none of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor would face charges directly tied to her death. Since the announcement, protests have ensued each night and continue into Friday evening.

Protests remained relatively peaceful Thursday evening. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, a total of 26 were arrested, most being charged with unlawful assembly, failure to disperse and/or first-degree rioting.

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Lawyers for Breonna Taylor's Family Demand Release of Grand Jury Transcripts

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorneys for the family of Breonna Taylor called Friday for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that resulted in the indictment of one of the three police officers involved in the 26-year-old’s killing.

Speaking at a press conference at Louisville's Jefferson Sqaure Park, Ben Crump, a national civil rights lawyer and part of the Taylor family’s legal team, said they are “heartbroken," "confused," and "bewildered," about what Cameron presented to the grand jury.

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"I'm Just Tired." Meet Rosie Henderson, Keeper of Breonna Taylor's Memorial

BY Tammie Fields

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Protesters continue to pour out into the streets of Downtown Louisville. They are devastated and angry that protesters continue to be arrested, but no homicide charges are being filed against the officers who burst into Breonna Taylor’s apartment, shooting her back in March.

Rosie Henderson is a community activist. "I'm just tired. I'm physically tired," she said. "I'm 47 years old and I'm gonna keep fighting for my grandkids but these babies out here, they hurting. They're angry."

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Emotional Reaction from Breonna Taylor's Family and Attorneys to Grand Jury Decision

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 4:00 PM ET Sep. 25, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Breonna Taylor's family spoke publicly for the first time Friday since the grand jury announced its findings in Taylor's case emotionally demanding that the transcripts for the proceedings be released. Attorneys Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker joined Taylor’s family in Jefferson Square Park Friday morning asking for the same. Protests the night before were largely peaceful.

Some members of Breonna’s family, including her mother Tamika Palmer, have taken to social media. On Instagram Thursday, Palmer wrote, "It's still Breonna Taylor for me," followed by the hashtag #ThesystemfailedBreonna.

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Pockets of Disruption, But No Violence in Louisville as Protests Continue

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 6:53 AM ET Sep. 25, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville's second day with the news that none of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor would face charges directly tied to her death began relatively quiet, but when the sun went down, things changed, this time without violence.

According to an email from LMPD Sgt. Lamont Washington, at least 24 people were arrested throughout Thursday night with charges including failure to disperse, unlawful assembly and riot in the first degree.

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Police and Protesters Work Together and Both Leave the Area

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 10:59 PM ET Sep. 24, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police started making arrests Thursday night shortly after curfew set in at 9 p.m.

Protesters once again gathered at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville early Thursday evening.

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Fischer Extends Curfew Through the Weekend

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer announced he is extending the countywide curfew through this weekend. In addition, Fischer announced that Louisville Metro Government facilities in the downtown area will remain closed until Monday at 6:30 a.m. Employees will continue working from home where possible.

In a press release, Fischer said the curfew “helps us balance our responsibility to keep everyone — protesters, first responders and bystanders — safe, while still allowing people the time and space to voice their calls for racial justice and equity during the day.”

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Updates: The Day After the Taylor Decision Starts Out Quiet

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:13 PM ET Sep. 24, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — During protests Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning, 127 people have been arrested, said the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

At around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, two LMPD officers were shot. LMPD later confirmed that the officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were expected to be OK. One officer required surgery. The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson. He faces two counts of assault on a police officer and multiple counts of wanton endangerment.

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A Look at the Other Ongoing Breonna Taylor Investigations

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorney General Daniel Cameron's investigation is only one of seven total investigations related to what happened on March 13, 2020, when 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot.

Here are the other investigations:

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Louisville Police: Around 100 Arrested, Injured Officers Expected to Be OK

BY Brandon Roberts
UPDATED 6:29 AM ET Sep. 24, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A pair of Louisville Metro Police officers were shot shortly before curfew went into effect Wednesday night following protests that erupted earlier in the day after only one former officer was charged in the case of Breonna Taylor's death. Since then, arrests were made after protesters clashed with police in the afternoon. Several fires were set throughout Louisville, including one at the Hall of Justice.

Wanton Endangerment charges were filed against the former LMPD officer Brett Hankison in the March shooting that led to the death of Taylor, a judge announced Wednesday afternoon.

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The Eyes of a Nation on Kentucky: Protests Nationwide After Breonna Taylor Decision

BY Brandon Roberts

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The eyes of a nation have been focused on Louisville in the 194 days since 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor was killed in a barrage of gunfire from three Louisville Metro Police Officers serving a search warrant at her apartment.

Demonstrations and protests broke out Wednesday night and two Louisville Metro police officers were shot during the chaos.

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Two Louisville Metro Police Officers Shot When Breonna Taylor Protests Turn Violent

BY Spectrum News Staff

Two Louisville Metro police officers were shot during protests Wednesday evening after the lack of charges against the officers involved in death of Breonna Taylor. Officers were called at about 8:30 p.m. to a large crowd in the area, where two officers were shot. The injured officers were taken to University Hospital. One officer is in surgery. Both officers, who were not being identified, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said. One is alert and stable, he said. During a brief news conference Wednesday night, Schroeder described the incident.

"I'm very concerned about the safety of our officers. Obviously, we've had two officers shot tonight and that is very serious. It's a very dangerous condition. I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of the utmost importance," he said. One person has been taken into custody. That person has not been identified.

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Kentucky's Congressional Delegation Responds to Breonna Taylor Decision

BY Eva McKend

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was a decision that did not satisfy the calls for justice from protestors or Breonna Taylor's family.

Wednesday a Jefferson County Grand Jury moved to indict former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankinson with wanton endangerment for recklessly shooting into nearby residences on the March night Taylor was killed after police shot into her apartment. None of the other cops involved will face criminal charges at this time.

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Protesters React to Breonna Taylor Decision, "It's Like Spitting in Their Face"

BY Ashleigh Mills
UPDATED 6:32 AM ET Sep. 24, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A crowd gathered at Jefferson Square Park, in anticipation of the historic Grand Jury announcement. Once the indictment regarding the Breonna Taylor case was handed down, there was grief and outrage. People hugged and cried, shouted, and stomped. Ex-cop Brett Hankison was the only one indicted, on three wanton endangerment charges. The charges are in connection with him firing into Taylor's neighbors' apartment.

There were no charges announced for the other two officers involved in Taylor's death.

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Beshear Wants Attorney General To Release Breonna Taylor Investigation Files

BY Joe Ragusa

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear wants Attorney General Daniel Cameron to publish as much information as he can about the Breonna Taylor investigation.

“Everyone can and should be informed, and those that are currently feeling frustration, feeling hurt, they deserve to know more,” Beshear said. “I trust Kentuckians. They deserve to see the facts for themselves, and I believe that the ability to process those facts helps everybody.”

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Mayor Fischer and LMPD Announce City's Response to Taylor Decision

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Chief Robert Schroeder outlined steps being taken in preparation for Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s planned announcement in the Breonna Taylor case, including a countywide curfew starting tonight at 9 p.m.

Cameron will announce if whether there will be criminal charges in the case at 1:30 p.m.

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Grand Jury to Announce Breonna Taylor Decision

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 11:52 AM ET Sep. 23, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Jefferson County grand jury will present its report on the Breonna Taylor case to Jefferson County Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell at 1:15 p.m. ET. Spectrum News 1 will bring you the announcement live.

After the grand jury presents its report, Attorney General Daniel Cameron will host a press conference at the Kentucky History Center in downtown Frankfort at 1:30 p.m.

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Anxious Protesters Spent Day Waiting for Taylor Decision

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Before Wednesday’s announcement protesters at Jefferson Square Park, the epicenter of Louisville’s protests over the police killing of Breonna Taylor, was largely quiet Tuesday as demonstrators waited for an announcement in the Attorney General’s investigation of the case.

Rumors circulated among protesters, many armed, some in bulletproof vests, that an announcement would be made at 2 p.m. It wasn’t. As the afternoon wore on, some expressed frustration at the lack of news, even if they anticipated it being bad.

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Beshear Says Attorney General Has Not Told Him When Breonna Taylor Decision Will Be Made

BY Joe Ragusa

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear again declined to comment on the Attorney General’s investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death Tuesday, but he says if the Kentucky National Guard or Kentucky State Police are needed in Louisville, they’re ready.

“We’re going to make sure that we make the right decision to secure the personal safety of everybody, protect critical infrastructure, and so I think that there can be an expectation that the (Kentucky National) Guard and the Kentucky State Police will serve limited, specific missions where they will be under their own command,” Beshear said.

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Judge Orders LMPD Chief to Testify Or Be Held in Contempt

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Audra Eckerle issued an order Tuesday, for Louisville Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder to testify before Metro Council's Government Oversight and Audit Committee meeting next Monday.



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Sgt. John Mattingly: 'I Know We Did the Legal, Moral and Ethical Thing That Night'

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sgt. John Mattingly, one of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, sent an early-morning email to fellow officers, criticizing city leadership and defending his actions the night of Taylor's death.

The email was released later Tuesday morning on social media and confirmed by Mattingly's lawyer Kent Wicker.

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Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Louisville

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer has declared a state of emergency for Louisville through an executive order.

In addition, Fischer announced a second executive order restricting access to five downtown parking garages and banning on-street parking around Jefferson Square Park.

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LMPD Announces Road Closures for Downtown Louisville

BY Spectrum News Staff

"We recognize that this is an inconvenience, and will cause difficulty for those that live, work and have business downtown, and we apologize for this inconvenience. However, public safety is our No. 1 priority, and it would be irresponsible if we did not take preemptive action to preserve it," said a Facebook post from LMPD.

“Due to increased attention and activity in anticipation of an announcement from Attorney General Daniel Cameron...

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City Prepares in Anticipation of Breonna Taylor Decision

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 10:24 AM ET Sep. 22, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police announced Monday it is canceling all off-day and vacation requests until further notice.

LMPD says it is planning for Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement regarding the Breonna Taylor case.

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With Breonna Taylor Decision Looming, Federal Courthouse Set to Close

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With the decision in the attorney general’s investigation into the police killing of Breonna Taylor looming, a federal judge on Friday signed an order to close The Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House in downtown Louisville. The building will be closed from September 21-25, according to the order, which does not cite a reason for the closure.

In the brief order, Judge Chief Judge Greg Stivers stipulated that all matters set to go before the court next week should do so via videoconferencing, if possible.

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Hess Admits to "Mistakes" in Testimony to Metro Council, Schroeder Doesn't Testify

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville's Public Safety Chief Amy Hess testified before Metro Council on Wednesday, admitting to some mistakes in the way she directed the Louisville Metro Police Department's (LMPD) response to the protests surrounding the deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee.

Hess was one of two city officials subpoenaed to testify as part of Metro Council's investigation into the events surrounding Taylor's death. Interim LMPD Chief Robert Schroeder was also issued a subpoena; however, he did not testify. Schroeder was present with his attorney, who intercepted questions directed at him. Metro Council voted overwhelmingly for its attorney to compel him to testify before his retirement Oct. 1.

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$12M Settlement for Breonna Taylor's Family Is "Only The Beginning"

BY Adam K. Raymond

David Guildford wrote and produced the television report attached to this story.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Breonna Taylor’s family and the city of Louisville have reached a $12 million settlement that also includes several police reform measures, Mayor Greg Fischer announced at a press conference Tuesday where lawyers for the family and Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, also spoke.

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Kentucky Alliance Calls For Answers In Taylor Investigation

BY Joe Ragusa

LOUISVILLE, Ky — Sunday marked the six-month anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of Louisville Metro Police Department officers during a no-knock warrant at her apartment.

Members of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist And Political Repression held a press conference on the occasion, calling for Louisville city and police leaders to address issues they have related to Taylor’s death.

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A Derby Like No Other: What Happened at the Derby Protests

BY Brandon Roberts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The four month delay, a lack of fans, and Authentic's win against favorite Tiz the Law likely won't be the things people remember about this year's 146th Kentucky Derby.

Protests took place throughout Louisville, including outside and around Churchill Downs, on Derby day by multiple groups demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was killed by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers on March 13 while serving a no-knock warrant at her apartment.

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100 Days of Protests: Reflections on Louisville’s Summer of Resistance

BY Adam K. Raymond
UPDATED 8:56 AM ET Sep. 04, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On the afternoon of May 28, more than two months after police shot and killed Breonna Taylor in an overnight raid of her home, a lawyer for her family released a 911 call from her boyfriend, Kennth Walker. With no video of the incident, Walker’s frantic and frightened call provided the closest, and rawest look at what happened on the night of March 13. Within hours of the call’s release, the streets of downtown Louisville swelled with protesters. They’ve hardly left since.

Friday, Sept. 4 marks the 100th consecutive day of protests in Louisville. Over the past three months the number of people in the streets has ebbed and flowed, and the scope of their cries has grown. In the early days, protesters calling for the arrest of the officers who killed Taylor also chanted the names of George Floyd, killed by Minneapolis police in May, and Ahmaud Arbery, murdered by vigilantes in Georgia in February. Soon other names joined theirs, including David McAtee, killed by Kentucky National Guard members in June, and Tyler Gerth, killed in Jefferson Square Park in July.

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Boyfriend of Breonna Taylor Files Lawsuit Against Louisville, LMPD

BY David Guildford

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenneth Walker stepped into the public eye Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Metro Police Department more than five months after his girlfriend, Breonna Taylor, was killed by police.

Walker, who was with Taylor the night she died, was initially charged with the attempted murder of an officer after police burst through Taylor’s door.

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Plea Deal Details for Former Boyfriend of Breonna Taylor Released

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Months after police shot and killed Breonna Taylor while serving a no-knock search warrant for her home, her former boyfriend Jamarcus Glover was again arrested on drug charges; Glover is now facing drug charges stemming from the case involving the search warrant of Taylor's home, and incidents leading up to April 22, 2020.

A plea deal for drug charges for Glover from March and April incidents was released by the Commonwealth's Attorney Monday, after the attorney for Taylor's estate took to social media to accuse the prosecutor of trying to name Taylor as a co-defendant and indict her in July long after she died.

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Daniel Cameron's Office Meets With FBI On Breonna Taylor

BY Spectrum News Staff

KENTUCKY — Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) announced that teams representing his office and FBI Louisville met today to review the ballistics report from the Breonna Taylor Case. Cameron's office serves as special prosecutor over the case.

With this information, the Attorney General’s Office will undertake additional steps to complete the investigation into possible violations of state law, and the FBI will continue the investigation into potential civil rights violations. (3/3)

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68 Arrested in Protests on Final Day of BreonnaCon

BY Brandon Roberts
UPDATED 9:32 PM ET Aug. 25, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Dozens of people were arrested during demonstrations in Louisville Tuesday, the last day of BreonnaCon. The multi-day engagement aimed to direct resources, talent and energy toward achieving justice for Breonna Taylor.

Most of the 68 arrests made Tuesday were due to obstructing traffic, Louisville Metro Police Department Interim Chief Robert Schroeder said. Many of those arrested were released a short time later.

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Families of George Floyd, Trayvon Martin Participate in BreonnaCon

BY Jonathon Gregg
UPDATED 8:00 AM ET Aug. 25, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As part of a BreonnaCon event, family members of George Floyd and Treyvon Martin joined Breonna Taylor’s mother in Louisville on Monday.

Simmons College hosted the morning press conference which included passionate statements from speakers such as Sybrina Fulton, Martin's mother. Martin, from Florida, died in 2012 after being shot and killed by George Zimmerman. His death sparked national protests and conversations about racial profiling.

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"Breonna's Law" Aims to Ban No-Knock Warrants Across Kentucky

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky State Rep. Attica Scott (D-Louisville) announced a new bill she pre-filed for the 2021 legislative session that would ban no-knock warrants in Kentucky. The bill, announced at Sunday's Kentucky Alliance against Racism and Political Repression press conference, would be known as Breonna's Law if passed.

Breonna's Law would also mandate agencies to carry out drug and alcohol testing for officers involved in a deadly incident and require officers to wear and activate body cameras while engaged in law enforcement activity, including the serving of a search warrant.

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Members of Until Freedom Move to Louisville to Support Breonna Taylor

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Founding members of Until Freedom moved to Louisville over the weekend. The social justice organization focused on addressing systemic and racial injustice, wants more pressure on Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron to serve justice for Breonna Taylor.

“There’s been three to four months that nothing has happened. Over 150 days that nothing has happened,” said co-founder Mysonne Linen.

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Oprah Buys Breonna Taylor Billboards Calling for Justice

BY Michael Cadigan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — 26 billboards featuring Breonna Taylor were purchased by Oprah Winfrey and placed around the city.

The billboard has the same image featured in the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. The billboard demands the police involved in killing Taylor be arrested and charged.

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"They Don’t Wanna Be a Show Horse." FBI, Activists Discuss Breonna Taylor Case

BY David Guildford
UPDATED 6:09 PM ET Aug. 04, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As the nation waits for a conclusion to investigations into the police killing of Breonna Taylor, a representative of Taylor’s family brought young black scholars to join him in asking questions of FBI agents.

The FBI's Louisville office, as explained to the delegation, is primarily focused on investigating any potential civil rights violations committed by Louisville Metro Police officers in acquiring and executing the now banned no-knock warrant on March 13.

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"It's So Beautiful and Such a Moving Cover": Oprah Honors Breonna Taylor

BY Mario Anderson

LOUISVILLE, Ky . — Oprah Winfrey has graced the cover of her monthly "O Magazine" for the past 20 years.

But a portrait of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who was killed when three Louisville Metro Police Department officers entered her on March 13 using a no-knock warrant, will be the cover of the iconic September issue.

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New Video Shows Aftermath of Breonna Taylor Shooting

BY David Guildford
UPDATED 6:47 PM ET Jul. 09, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A newly posted eyewitness video appears to give the public its first view outside Breonna Taylor’s home just before her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was taken into police custody.



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LMPD Officially Fires Brett Hankison

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Interim Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder officially fired Brett Hankison from the force Tuesday. Hankison is one of the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.



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Officer to be Fired; FBI at Taylor's Home

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:57 PM ET Jun. 19, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer (D) announced the Louisville Metro Police Department will be terminating Officer Brett Hankison, one of the police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.

Fischer and interim Chief Robert Schroeder made the announcement Friday but couldn't share any details.

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Attorney General Cameron "We Pursue the Truth Based on the Law"

BY Spectrum News Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) held a press conference Thursday to discuss his role as special prosecutor in the investigation of Breonna Taylor's death. He announced there is no deadline for the investigation's completion.

Cameron, who was appointed as special prosecutor May 13, said his office has received information from Louisville Metro Police Department's (LMPD) Public Integrity Unit; however, his office is conducting an independent investigation. He announced his office has a team of investigators with combined experience of over 200 years.

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Taylor Attorneys Claim Info On Her Death is Being Withheld

BY Ashleigh Mills
UPDATED 4:30 PM ET Jun. 17, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorneys for the family of Breonna Taylor claim information they've requested through a subpoena in their wrongful death suit is being unlawfully being kept from them. Attorneys announced this in a letter released on Tuesday morning.

Attorney Lonita Baker says the legal team for Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, is still looking to be provided an autopsy report, complete personnel files of the officers involved in Taylor's death, and all of Mayor Greg Fischer's communications regarding Taylor's death.

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Beyonce to AG "Take Swift and Decisive Action in Charging the Officers"

BY Spectrum News Staff

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Beyonce', one of the most powerful women in music, is speaking up for Breonna Taylor. The music mogul penned an open letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) Sunday.

The letter which appeared on the celebrity's website, wants the three officers involved in the shooting at Taylor's apartment to be criminally charged. She writes, "With every death of a Black person at the hands of the police, there are two real tragedies: the death itself and the inaction and delays that follow it. This is your chance to end that pattern."

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'Breonna's Law' Bans No Knock Warrants in Jefferson County

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In a unanimous vote Thursday, Louisville Metro Council passed 'Breonna's Law,' to ban no-knock warrants in Jefferson County.

The new ordinance is named after Breonna Taylor, the EMT killed in her apartment during a police raid in which officers used a no-knock warrant to force into her home.

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Balloons and Celebrities Come to Honor Breonna Taylor

BY Eileen Street
UPDATED 12:00 AM ET Jun. 07, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On Saturday Breonna Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer, family, national and local leaders, and thousands of protesters gathered in front of Louisville Metro Hall in downtown Louisville to honor Taylor’s life.

It was the location for an organized balloon release for Breanna Taylor a day after her 27th birthday.

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"Breonna's Law": A New Proposal Regulating No-Knock Warrants

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Metro Council's Public Safety Committee approved "Breonna's Law" Wednesday. The ordinance provides guidelines and regulations for the use of no-knock warrants by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

The ordinance is a response to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor on March 13 during a drug raid at her apartment. A no-knock warrant was used for the raid.

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Mayor Wants Top-to-Bottom Review of LMPD

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Following Louisville's sixth consecutive night of protests, Mayor Greg Fischer (D) announced that Louisville is submitting a request for proposal (RFP) for a comprehensive top-to-bottom review of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). Conducted by an independent external agency, the review will focus on a myriad of areas, including training, use of force, bias-free policing and obstacles to effecting change.

"Any moment of change, to me, is an exciting moment of opportunity, and in this case, I believe this is an exciting moment of opportunity for our police department, and the city and the residents here," said Fischer.

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Charges Dismissed Against Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 2:29 PM ET May. 26, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The boyfriend of former EMT Breonna Taylor is no longer charged with attempted murder.

Judge Olu Stevens signed the motion to dismiss order Tuesday and Walker was released.

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Daniel Cameron Will Serve as Special Prosecutor in Breonna Taylor Investigation


UPDATED 3:34 PM ET May. 14, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky- Attorney General Daniel Cameron has been named as a Special Prosecutor in the investigation into the death of Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor.

The Republican was appointed by Gov. Andy Beshear Wednesday after calls for investigations continue to grow in Kentucky and nationwide.

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State and Local Leaders React to Breonna Taylor Shooting

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky leaders are reacting to the death of Louisville EMT Breonna Taylor.

Spectrum News 1 now has a copy of the narcotics investigation search warrant Louisville Metro Police(LMPD) used to get into her apartment.

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