Louisville Police Officer Indicted in Breonna Taylor’s Case: No Murder Charge
Six months after Breonna Taylor was brutally shot by police in Kentucky while sleeping at her apartment, one of the officers has been indicted.Former Louisville Kentucky police detective Bret Hankison has been charged with three counts of first-degree wonton endangerment by a grand jury in the shooting of Breonna Taylor. No murder charge. No indictment for the other two officers involved.
So what is "wonton endangerment"? According to US Legal, Wanton endangerment in the first degree is a Class D felony. The relevant law as it appears in the statute as: KRS § 508.060. Wanton endangerment in the first degree.
It states that a person is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.
After the indictment was handed down, in a tweet that has since been removed, family attorney, Ben Crump said this is "not fully what we wanted," but added "this brings us closer to justice" for Taylor.
It took three months after Taylors death to even be fired. Here we are six months later, with an indictment that does NOT justify the crime committed.
Louisville has set a curfew and was placed under a state of emergency Tuesday as city officials closed down a more than 25-block perimeter to traffic in anticipation of the city's response to today's ruling.