CBS via Reuters Protesters face off with police during demos after the Grand Jury decision in case of Breonna Taylor. FURY has erupted over the decision to not charge any cops over the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot […]
CBS via Reuters Protesters face off with police during demos after the Grand Jury decision in case of Breonna Taylor.
FURY has erupted over the decision to not charge any cops over the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot eight times in her home in March.
Louisville officer Brett Hankison was charged on Wednesday with three counts of wanton endangerment – but this was related to the stray shots fired into the apartments of Breonna’s neighbours.
The indictment was handed down nearly 200 days after Taylor was fatally shot in a hail of bullets during a botched police investigation that targeted a drug dealer who lived 10 miles away in Kentucky.
Hankinson, who was fired from LMPD in June, will be held on $15,000 bond. Officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were not charged in Taylor’s death, and no homicide or manslaughter charges were brought forward.
Taylor’s devastated family lamented the decision, as they had hoped for manslaughter charges.
Wanton endangerment is a class D felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $10,000.
It is a lesser charge than both manslaughter and murder. Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents Taylor’s family, slammed the indictment as “outrageous and offensive” following the announcement.
“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,” Crump said. Actress Viola Davis, who launched a campaign calling for justice in Taylor’s death, called the announcement a “b******t decision.”
Fury as NO cops charged in Breonna Taylor’s death but Brett Hankison indicted for endangering NEIGHBORS with stray shots
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