Former Louisville detective Brett Hankison pleaded not guilty to charges of wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s case

  • Former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of wanton endanger in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor,local news outlet WLKY reported.
  • Hankison — the only former officer who was indicted in the Taylor case — appeared in court Monday after a grand jury indicted him last Wednesday on three charges of wanton endangerment for shooting in the neighbor's apartment, not for killing her.
  • None of the three officers involved, including Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were charged in her death.
  • Taylor was shot eight times in her apartment during a March 18 botched drug raid after police entered her home on a no-knock warrant. Hankison's charges say that he "wantonly shot a gun" into the apartment of Taylor's neighbor.
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One of the former Louisville police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor pleaded not guilty on Monday to wanton endangerment charges, local news outlet WLKY reported.

Ex-Det. Brett Hankison — the only former officer who was indicted in Taylor's case — appeared in court Monday after a grand jury indicted him last Wednesday on three charges of wanton endangerment for shooting in the neighbor's apartment, not for killing her.

None of the three officers involved, including Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were charged in her death. Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department at the end of June.

Representatives from the Louisville Police Department declined Insider's request for comment.

Taylor was shot eight times in her apartment during a March 13 botched drug raid after police entered her home on a no-knock warrant. Hankison's charges say that he "wantonly shot a gun" into the apartment of Taylor's neighbor.

Kentucky law states that "a person is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engages in conduct which creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person."

The former Louisville Metro police officer turned himself in the day he received his charges but was released after posting a $15,000 cash bond.

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