A memorial to Breonna Taylor, placed in Jefferson Square Park, is photographed in downtown Louisville, Kentucky on September 23, 2020 as the city anticipates of the results of a grand jury inquiry into the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot by the Louisville Metro Police Department in her apartment earlier this year.
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A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former Louisville, Kentucky, cop, Sgt. Brett Hankison, on wanton endangerment charges related to the police raid and shooting that led to the death of a Black woman, Breonna Taylor, last March.
Two other cops involved in the raid on Taylor’s home, Officer Myles Cosgrove and Sgt.Jonathan Mattingly, were not criminally charged by the grand jury.
And Hankison escaped being hit with more serious felony charges related to homicide from the grand jury.
Judge Annie O’Connell said a warrant will be issued for Hankison’s arrest. She set bail at $15,000.
The deaht of Taylor, who was hit by multiple shots, along with the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis last spring, catalyzed the protest-driven movement to reform police organization nationwide.
Wanton endangerment in the first degree is a Class D felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison.
Hankison was charged with three counts of that crime. The multiple counts relate to the fact that the shots he fired went into Taylor’s apartment and into two other apartments.
Louisville police previously terminated the employment of Hankison, who was found to have fired 10 shots blindly into Taylor’s apartment. The Police Department said Hankison had displayed “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
In anticipation of the grand jury’s findings, Louisville’s mayor imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. for coming days.
Taylor was at home with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker on the evening of March 13 when Louisville cops raided the residence and fired multiple shots.
Police were executing a search warrant for drugs or money related to a probelm involving Taylor’s former boyfriend.
Cops say they fired shots after they were shot at as they went into the house. Taylor’s relatives say Walker fired to defend himself because he believed someone was breaking into the house.
The two other cops who participated in the raid, Cosgrove and Mattingly, were placed on administrative leave.
So was the detective who had requested the warrant, Joshua Jaynes.
The city of Louisville last week agreed to pay $12 million to Taylor’s family to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. The city did not admit any wrongdoing as part of that agreement.
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