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Grand Jury Indicts 1 Officer for Wanton Endangerment Related to Breonna Taylor Killing

September 24, 2020

A grand jury in Kentucky has indicted one police officer on criminal charges related to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor six months ago in Louisville. Detective Brett Hankison of the Louisville Police Department faces three counts of wanton endangerment after he was dismissed from the police force back in June for his role in Taylor's death, which occurred on March 13 when several officers burst into the 26-year-old EMT's home on a no-knock warrant and shot her multiple times. BuzzFeed notes that the three charges against Hankison are "for firing his weapon through Taylor's apartment and into the neighboring apartment," but are not related to her actual killing. The New York Times reports that the other two officers who fired shots were not indicted on any charges. Earlier this month, Taylor’s mother received a $12 million settlement from Louisville after suing for wrongful death. However, she and her lawyers have repeatedly said that they believe murder charges must be brought against all three officers who fired at Taylor. Ahead of Wednesday's announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer imposed a city curfew for Wednesday night, while the U.S. National Guard has been activated to deal with any violence that may occur.