Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison was charged by a Jefferson County grand jury with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
Hankison is only one of the three cops involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. The other two officers who fired shots were not charged, meaning no one has been charged for killing Taylor. Hankison was fired from the police department more than three months after Taylor’s death. In his termination letter to Hankison, Police Chief Robert Schroeder said Hankison violated standard operating procedure when his “actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly fired ten rounds” into Taylor’s apartment.
Ben Crump, the attorney for Breonna Taylor’s family, tweeted his disappointment in the announcement:
Grand Jury and @KYOAG may have denied #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor, but their decision cannot take away Bre’s legacy as a loving, vibrant young Black woman who served on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. We hope the FBI investigation finally gets justice for Bre and her family. pic.twitter.com/wAJ7J33sz5
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 25, 2020
Hankison’s bail has been set at $15,000. Wanton endangerment carries a maximum penalty of five years if convicted.