Ex-Louisville Cop Found Not Guilty Of Endangering Others In Breonna Taylor Raid
A jury found Brett Hankison not guilty on all three counts of wanton endangerment.
March 04, 2022 at 12:37 am
A jury has found Brett Hankison, who was charged with recklessly shooting into a neighboring apartment during the raid that resulted in the killing of Breonna Taylor, not guilty on all three counts, ABC News reports.
The former Louisville officer was “charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for firing multiple shots into a neighboring apartment that endangered the lives of three people on March 13, 2020,” according to ABC News. During the night of Taylor’s death, Hankison fired 10 shots into her apartment. As Blavity previously reported, several rounds went into an adjacent apartment next to Taylor’s where three people were living: a man, a pregnant woman and a child.
According to NPR, Hankison was fired from the police department in June 2020 and was charged on Sept. 23, 2020.
The jury only deliberated for three hours prior to announcing the verdict. During the trial, Hankison testified on his behalf, telling members of the jury that he thought his fellow officers were under fire from a high-powered rifle and reacted to save the other officers at the scene after one was shot, 89.3 WFPL reports.
Taylor’s pregnant neighbor, Chelsey Napper, also testified at the trial, explaining that the several rounds that entered her home felt like they were “flying everywhere.” According to The New York Times, she “frantically went to check on her son and cowered with him on the floor.”
Hankison was the only Louisville police officer who faced charged related to the raid of Taylor’s home, during which the 26-year-old was shot multiple times and killed.
Of the verdict, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said, “We appreciate the hard work of our prosecutors and respect the decision of the jury.”