Ex-Louisville officer Brett Hankison indicted on 3 charges of wanton endangerment, other officers evade charges

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison has been indicted on three charges of wanton endangerment in the deadly March shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black EMT worker, a judge announced Wednesday.

A grand jury in Louisville presented its findings to the judge.

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

Hankison was fired from the city’s police department June 23. 

Following the announcement, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron at a press conference called Taylor's death a "tragedy," adding, "Every day, this family wakes up to the realization that somebody they love is no longer with them. ... I urge everyone to not lose sight of the fact that a life has been lost." 

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Hankison, Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly, Officer Myles Cosgrove and the detective who sought the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, were placed on administrative reassignment after the shooting -- but none of the other officers are facing charges.

Taylor was shot multiple times by officers who entered her home using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. Taylor's boyfriend shot at the officers, thinking they were intruders. But Cameron said at his press conference that officers did not on the couple's door, citing a witness. The warrant used to search her home was connected to a suspect who did not live there. No drugs were found at the apartment.

Cameron said the charges against Hankison relate to endangering Breonna Taylor's neighbours -- but Mattingly and Cosgrove's use of force was justified because Taylor's boyfriend fired first.

Ben Crump, the attorney for the Taylor family tweeted, "This is outrageous and offensive!"

He added in a subsequent tweet, "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!"

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