A police officer concerned within the no-knock police killing of EMT employee Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, has been discovered not responsible in his current trial.
In keeping with NBC Information, former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison was discovered not responsible on three counts of wanton endangerment within the first diploma. The ex-officer was not on trial for taking pictures Taylor however for endangering her neighbors.
Hankison was charged after a grand jury said that he endangered Taylor’s neighbors when he fired his service weapon blindly into her condo throughout a botched no-knock March 2020 narcotics raid. He was the one ex-officer charged following the lethal raid.
After two weeks of testimony, the jury took a little bit over three hours to find out that Hankison was harmless of the fees towards him.
He was accused of endangering Taylor’s neighbors Cody Etherton, his accomplice, Chelsey Napper, and their 5-year-old son. Hankison fired pictures that went into their condo on the night time of March 13, 2020. Police shot and killed 26-year-old Taylor, who was Black, after her boyfriend fired a shot on the law enforcement officials fearing they have been being attacked in her condo.
The Louisville Metro Police Division terminated Hankison in June 2020. He was the one police officer concerned within the raid charged. No expenses have been filed towards him or his fellow officers within the loss of life of Taylor.
The jury discovered him not responsible regardless of the testimony of Etherton, 29, who testified that police have been “unorganized” and “reckless” on the night time of the raid. He said how “particles began going previous my head and face” as bullets soared into his condo. The bullets pierced and shattered his sliding glass patio door.
“I might put two and two collectively…I used to be like they suppose my backdoor is her backdoor. That’s what I believed, which to me is simply very unorganized,” he stated. “They didn’t even know whose backdoor that was. They didn’t even know who lived there. So, to me, that type of upset me. It was simply reckless to me.”