Former police officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the police killing of 26-year-old emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor on March 13 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hankison was charged for endangering Taylor’s neighbors (not Taylor) with gunshots inside Taylor’s apartment.
The other two officers — Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — involved in the killing were not charged by the grand jury.
Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said he believed the three plainclothes officers were intruders and they exchanged gunfire.
Mattingly sent an email to other officers on March 22 in which he attacked the city’s mayor, chief of public safety, chief of police and the FBI ,before the grand jury announcement, notes WAVE.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron claimed it was not a no-knock warrant, but witnesses have said that police did not announce themselves as required by law.
USA TODAY notes the police “warrant shows she was not the main target of the drug investigation and that no illegal narcotics were found inside the apartment.”
MSNBC host and civil rights advocate Al Sharpton slammed the grand jury decision:
I think it’s grossly insufficient. It does not deal with the fact that the life of Breonna Taylor was taken. It does not address her being a victim of being killed. The value of her life is not at all addressed in these charges. You could get endangerment if you shot in the air at nothing. You took a woman’s life.