Breonna Taylor: ex-officer Brett Hankison pleads not guilty to endangerment


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Brett Hankison was fired from the police department in June

The only U.S. police officer charged in a raid that resulted in the shooting death of a black woman at her home has pleaded not guilty.

Former Detective Brett Hankison denied three counts of gratuitous endangerment during a Kentucky court hearing on Monday.

Breonna Taylor, an emergency medicine worker, was shot dead as police raided her Louisville home on March 13.

Last week, a grand jury ruled that no officer should face direct criminal charges for his death.

The charges against Mr Hankison concern gunshots fired at neighboring apartments during the narcotics raid.

Under Kentucky law, someone is guilty of gratuitous endangerment if he commits an act which shows “extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

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Ms Taylor’s death and the subsequent decision not to charge an officer with murder or manslaughter have led to repeated Black Lives Matter protests in Louisville.

Mr Hankison was charged last week Wednesday and released on bail. He is then scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 28 for a preliminary hearing, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

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Breonna Taylor, 26, was an emergency medical technician

If found guilty, he faces a five-year sentence on each of the three counts.

Mr. Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in June after investigators found that he “fired 10 deliberately and indiscriminately” during the raid, according to his dismissal letter.

Two other officers who took part in the raid – Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove – were reassigned to administrative duties.

Ms. Taylor’s relatives and their legal team have asked a judge to release the grand jury transcript.

The 26-year-old was shot eight times when officers entered her Louisville apartment on March 13.

They were executing a search warrant in connection with a drug investigation, but no drugs were found on the property.


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