No charges in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor
Louisville, Ky. - The grand jury in Jefferson County, Kentucky announced former police officer Brett Hankison has been indicted on three charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony. If found guilty, Hankison could serve up to five years in jail.
According to Kentucky state law, wanton endangerment is "manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life...engag[ing] in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person."
There were no charges against Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly or Myles Cosgrove-the other officers involved-for the Mar. 13 shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Taylor, a medical technician with no criminal history, was sleeping when officers entered her home after midnight with a no-knock warrant. She died in the hallway of her home after being shot six times. Police executed the warrant in search of an ex-boyfriend who they admitted did not live at Taylor's residence. The ex-boyfriend was located at another home prior to the raid.
Hankison faces the charges for shooting into the homes of three of Taylor's neighbors.