Former Detective Brett Hankison will face charges in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, on three counts of wanton endangerment. The other officers involved in the no-knock raid that ended in her death will face no charges.
Louisville, Kentucky, was braced and preparing for public response to the announcement before it was released Wednesday, as reported by the Washington Post, cancelling days off for officers and preparing to deploy the National Guard to control protests.
In Louisville Tuesday morning, armed men with helmets and protective gear could be seen in the street, apparently militia members.
Louisville Ky this morning. pic.twitter.com/PcozbrOn95
— Bob Darin (@BobDarrin) September 23, 2020
There was much public speculation that this could all mean there would be no charges, a decision that would surely spark further unrest.
Instead, Brett Hankinson will face only charges for endangerment, and the other two officers involved will face no charges, as Courthouse News reporter Kevin D. Koeninger shares. Hankinson’s bond will be in the amount of $15k.
No charges for the other two officers.
$15,000 full cash bond for Hankinson, whose charges are all first-degree.
— Kevin D. Koeninger (@kkoeninger44) September 23, 2020
When Hankison and two other officers, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove entered Taylor’s home on a no-knock warrant, her boyfriend Kenneth Walker reportedly responded with a warning shot, believing he heard intruders. The officers fired back, at least 20 times, hitting and killing Breonna Taylor in her bed. They then arrested Walker on charges that were later dropped.
According to the Herald-Leader, Hankison had previously had problems in the department, including “dereliction of duty” and his firing was officially for “extreme violations” of department policy, with his former supervisor, Patrick McBride, placing a memo in his file recommending against he rehiring in the future.
Due to his actions in violation of standing orders, refusal to accept supervision, and general poor attitude toward the Division of Police and its commanding staff, I would in fact be strongly against the same.
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