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Brett Hankison Indicted On Criminal Charges In Breonna Taylor Shooting

Brett Hankison Indicted On Criminal Charges In Breonna Taylor Shooting

Ex-Detective Brett Hankison Indicted On Criminal Charges In Breonna Taylor Shooting
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The indictment comes six months after Breonna Taylor was killed.

One of the officers involved in the shooting that led to the death of Breonna Taylor has been indicted by a grand jury.

In a report from the Louisville Courier Journal, former detective Brett Hankison was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Kentucky statutes define “wantonly” as:

A person acts wantonly with respect to a result or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense when he is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the result will occur or that the circumstance exists. The risk must be of such nature and degree that disregard thereof constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.

Kentucky has two types of wanton endangerment: first-degree and second-degree. First-degree wanton endangerment is a Class D felony, punishable with fines of up to $10,000 and up to five years in prison.

The other two officers involved in Taylor’s shooting — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove — were not indicted.

The Courier Journal report also noted that the occupants of the apartment where Taylor was fatally shot were identified by their initials, and that Taylor’s initials weren’t included, meaning “it appears the grand jury did not find that Hankison wantonly fired into Taylor’s apartment the night she died.” In other words, Hankison has been charged for his actions the night of the shooting, but not actually charged for shooting at — and killing — Taylor.

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

The announcement comes six months after Taylor was killed in a raid at her apartment in March. Ahead of the decision, Police in Louisville, Kentucky declared a “state of emergency.” Last week, Louisville settled a wrongful death suit filed by Taylor’s family for $12 million. The settlement did not require the city to admit any wrongdoing, per NBC. Back in April, her mother, Tamika Palmer sued the three officers involved in the violent raid.


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