Louisville Officer Indicted on Criminal Charges but not Death of Breonna Taylor

Louisville, KY – One of three police officers involved in the drug operation shooting that led to the death of Breonna Taylor in March 2020 was indicted today on criminal charges.

Officer Brett Hankison was charged on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree by a Jefferson County grand jury. He was fired from the Louisville Police Department in June.

A warrant has been issued for Hankison’s arrest and a bond is set at $15,000 cash. The former police officer faces up to five years on each of three counts if convicted.

The other two officers involved, Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly did not receive any charges.

It has been nearly 200 days after Taylor was shot six times by the officers who entered her home using a no-knock warrant. The charges are not in reference to the actual death of Taylor but for Hankison endangering her neighbors by recklessly firing his gun during the raid.

Taylor was 26 years old at the time and had recently returned home from her shift where she worked as an emergency medical worker.

As of this evening the city Louisville and others across the country prepare for a night of protesting. In Nashville a protest organized by the People’s Plaza TN will be held Wednesday night. Those who attend are asked to wear masks.


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