The federal trial of Brett Hankison, the former Louisville police officer charged with civil rights violations in Breonna Taylor’s death, has concluded with a mistrial.
After three days of jury deliberations, the case remains unresolved, leaving many questions lingering about police violence against Black individuals.
As reported by the Louisville Courier-Journal, the jurors spent three full days deliberating but couldn’t reach a unanimous decision regarding the fate of 47-year-old Hankison. He had previously been acquitted in March 2022 on state charges related to wanton endangerment in the same case.
The jury, composed of five white men, one Black man, and six white women, requested a copy of the court transcript, which was denied. The judge issued an Allen Charge, which is an instruction to try harder in order to avoid a mistrial. But jurors were unable to reach a unanimous decision and a mistrial was declared.