09.23.2020

Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison charged with wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor case

Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison charged with wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor case Photo via video screenshot, NBC News

One of the police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in her Louisville home has been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, a judge announced Wednesday.

Judge Annie O’Connell announced the charges against former Louisville police Sgt. Brett Hankison, who was fired in June, during a grand jury proceeding. A warrant will be issued for his arrest, O'Connell said.

The charges that were filed accuse Hankinson of firing blindly into several apartments and recklessly endangering Taylor’s neighbors, but do not charge him with firing at or killing Taylor. Taylor's family had called for nothing less than manslaughter charges.

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