Grand Jury Charges 1 Louisville Police Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting With ‘Wanton Endangerment’
A grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky returned three criminal charges against one of the police officers involved in the botched March 2020 drug raid that killed Breonna Taylor.
The grand jury declined to charge two of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers involved in the deadly raid but indicted former LMPD Detective Brett Hankison on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. The charges are not directly related to Taylor’s death, but rather for endangering her neighbors with wild shots.
Taylor’s killing, along with the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, fueled a summer of massive demonstrations, nationwide demands for police reform, and violent unrest in major cities around the U.S.
In a series of tweets, Benjamin Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Taylor’s family, said the failure to indict any of the officers on charges directly related to Taylor’s murder was “outrageous and offensive.”
If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment too. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!
— Ben Crump (@
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