Kentucky attorney general expected to announce Breonna Taylor decision today: Here’s what we know

N’dea Yancey-Bragg

Phillip M. Bailey

Tessa Duvall
 
| USA TODAY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky attorney general is expected to announce a decision in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor by Louisville police this afternoon, USA TODAY has learned.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the time or location of the announcement. Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for Cameron, said she “can’t share any further details at this time.”

But Kentucky State Police cars and orange cones were already blocking off the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort, where the decision was expected to be announced at about 1:30 p.m. 

A daycare center near the museum in Frankfort, the state’s capital, was preparing to close early after receiving word that the decision would be made nearby. And in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer and the city’s police department declared state of emergencies on Tuesday to free up resources in anticipation of a decision and potential protests downtown.

A grand jury is expected to hear — if it hasn’t already — the case of the three officers who fired shots at Taylor’s apartment March 13, striking her five times and killing her.

The grand jury could review the conduct of Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove and former detective Brett Hankison and decide not to indict them for a crime at all. Or, it could consider any four degrees of homicide charges, from reckless homicide to murder.

The 12 grand jurors also could consider a charge of wanton endangerment, deciding that one or more of the officers knowingly acted in a way that created a “substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another.”

Louisville has waited for a decision in the shooting that has spurred more than 125 days of protest in the city and set off a national cry for “justice for Breonna,” with celebrities and politicians from Joe Biden to Beyonce to LeBron James calling for the arrest of the officers who shot her.

Lonita Baker, an attorney for Taylor’s family, said as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday that they have not heard any information from the attorney general’s office about the decision, what time or when it will be announced.

Read more: Grand jury could provide ‘Justice for Breonna’ – or exonerate the officers who shot her

Here are the latest updates in the case:

  • Police have cut off access to downtown Louisville and set up barricades and fences around buildings. Late Tuesday, protesters marched downtown. 
  • Six Louisville police officers – including the three who fired their weapons into Breonna Taylor’s apartment – are under internal investigation into whether officers broke department policies. The review is separate from the one the department sent to the Kentucky attorney general to determine whether criminal charges should be filed. 
  • Last week, the city of Louisville announced a $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor’s family, which included a host of police reforms. The police union said it felt betrayed by the mayor, while activists said arresting the officers involved is the only way to get justice. 
  • Also last week, the Louisville metro council declared a no confidence vote in the mayor over his handling of the Taylor case.

Contributing: Philip M. Bailey, Louisville Courier-Journal

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