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Police officer involved in Breonna Taylor death indicted for wanton endangerment

Police officer involved in Breonna Taylor death indicted for wanton endangerment

Author: Liss Morales | Wednesday 23rd September 2020

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A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted one of the Louisville officers involved in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor — but not for killing Breonna Taylor.

Former detective Brett Hankinson was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, whilst Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and detective Myles Cosgrove were not indicted at all.

The charges read on Wednesday stated that Hankinson “wantonly shot a gun” into three neighbouring apartments on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death. The grand jury did not find that Hankinson wantonly fired into Breonna Taylor’s apartment the night that her life was taken by police.

Wanton endangerment is a class D felony and if found guilty Hankinson faces just one to five years in prison. Other Class D felonies include shoplifting, growing marijuana and eavesdropping.

The judge set a $15,000 cash bond for Hankinson and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

This ruling is devastating for Taylor's loved ones and supporters who have been expecting a murder judgment.

Justice has still not been served.