The Louisville Grand Jury has indicted Detective Brett Hankison in the case of the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, charging him with three counts of First Degree Wanton Endangerment.
And…. that’s it.
No charges against Sgt Jonathan Mattingly. No charges against Officer Myles Cosgroves.
Furthermore: Hankison, who fired 10 shots during the raid, was only was charged for having fired shots that ended up in a neighboring apartment to Taylor’s home, not into her residence itself.
Meaning: Nobody is responsible for the killing of Breonna Taylor… just endangering the neighbors, who were not killed.
Speaking today, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were justified in their actions, which prevents prosecutors from pursuing criminal charges.
He went on to say that his investigation found the officers at Taylor’s apartment knocked and announced that they were police officers before the shooting. That account was corroborated by an independent witness, he said.
“In other words, the warrant was not served as a no-knock warrant,” Cameron said about the controversial warrant.
Don’t forget that this Kentucky Attorney General was a featured speaker at Trump’s Republican National Convention, saying “Republicans will never turn a blind eye to unjust acts, but neither will we accept an all-out assault on Western civilization.” pic.twitter.com/qd9203BiRg— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) September 23, 2020
An attorney for Taylor’s family, Ben Crump, condemned the lack of criminal charges related to her death.
“Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former ofc. Brett Hankison with 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment in 1st Degree for bullets that went into other apartments but NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!” Crump tweeted.
“If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment too. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!” Crump added.