The only trial to emerge after the nighttime police raid that killed Breonna Taylor began on Wednesday, but the case focuses not on the officer who shot her, but on a former police detective. The killer was charged with recklessly endangering her neighbors by shooting at their apartment in Louisville, United States.
Brett Hankison, who was lay off a few months after the March 2020 raid, is facing three counts of endangerment after firing 10 shots during the operation. The former Louisville Metropolitan Police Department chief said Mr Hankison “blindly” shot, and multiple bullets entered a neighbor’s apartment, endangering three people sleeping there: a pregnant woman. , her husband and their 5-year-old child. old child.
When officers broke through the door to Ms. Taylor’s apartment, her boyfriend shot an officer in the foot. Boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, then said that he had not heard them informed about him and believed them to be intruders. Officers returned fire, killing Miss Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who worked as an emergency room technician. Her death sparked protests in Louisville and across the country.
Officers initially obtained court approval to serve a “no-door” order into the apartment, where they believe they could find evidence of drug trafficking involving her ex-boyfriend. but the order was changed before the raid, requiring the officers to notify. present before entering the apartment.
Unlike other high-profile police shootings, which are often captured on video, there is no such record of last moments Taylor’s death because police officers did not use body cameras. The killing of Mrs Taylor has led to new scrutiny of bans such as competing accounts emerged about whether police were able to identify her before knocking on her door.
It also drew criticism for the justification the police used to get the warrant to conduct the raid. Police said they believe the ex-boyfriend used her apartment to receive packages related to drug deals, but Ms Taylor recently severed ties with him, according to her family’s attorney. Her ex-boyfriend was in custody at the time the police raided her apartment. The police also do not have an ambulance stationed in the area.
Mr. Hankison fired 10 bullets into the doors and windows of Ms. Taylor’s apartment without a clear view, and some of them entered the neighboring unit. His bullets hit a soap dish, a table and a sliding glass door. None of Mr. Hankison’s bullets hit Ms. Taylor or anyone else, but two other officers’ bullets hit Ms. Taylor, and she bled to death after being shot five or six times.
Since Mrs. Taylor’s death, several cities, including Houston and Minneapolis, restricted the use of the ban. Earlier this month, a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Amir Locke, a 22-year-old black manwhile implementing the ban at a downtown apartment.
Wednesday’s opening statement comes months after Kentucky’s attorney general, Daniel Cameron, announced that his office would not charge one of the two officers who shot Ms. including Detective Myles Cosgrove, who the FBI says fired the fatal bullet. The grand juries that voted to impeach Mr. Hankison said Mr Cameron, a Republican, had did not present them with the option of prosecuting the murder of Miss Taylor.
In Louisville, people have been protesting in the streets for more than 100 days about not charging any officers in the death of Mrs. Earlier this month, attorneys and Judge Ann Bailey Smith of the Jefferson County District Court began mitigating a group of 250 jurors to just 15 on Tuesday night, jury for the trial – scheduled to last two weeks – was passed.
According to Kentucky law, a person commits an offense of unintentional endangerment when they “willfully engage in conduct that poses a risk of death or serious physical injury to another person,” and this conduct “in circumstances that demonstrate extreme indifference to the value of human life. ” Other states may use terms such as “reckless danger” for an equivalent offense.
This is a felony and carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine for each count. A person can be guilty of an innocent crime even if they have no intention of harming anyone or committing a crime.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/us/breonna-taylor-brett-hankison-trial.html Officer charged with reckless shooting during Breonna Taylor raid to be tried