Mistrial Declared in Federal Case Against Ex-Officer Brett Hankison for Civil Rights Violations in Breonna Taylor’s Death


FILE - A ground mural depicting a portrait of Breonna Taylor is seen at Chambers Park in Annapolis, Md., July 6, 2020. Jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict on federal civil rights charges Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 in the trial of a former Louisville police officer charged in Breonna Taylor’s death, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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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.

Former Louisville Police officer Brett Hankison describes what he saw in the apartment of Breonna Taylor during testimony, March 2, 2022, in Louisville, Ky. A federal judge on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 declared a mistrial in the trial of the former Louisville police officer who fired stray bullets in the deadly Breonna Taylor raid. Hankison was charged with using excessive force that violated the rights of Taylor, her boyfriend and her next-door neighbors. The 12-member jury struggled over several days to reach a verdict. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, Pool)

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.

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