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Jury Acquits Brett Hankison of Wanton Endangerment in Raid That Killed Breonna Taylor

HeadlineMar 04, 2022

In Louisville, Kentucky, a jury has acquitted former officer Brett Hankison, who was accused of wanton endangerment for shooting into Breonna Taylor’s neighbor’s apartment during a botched no-knock raid that led to Taylor’s killing in 2020.

Judge Ann Bailey Smith: “Mr. Hankison, this jury has found you not guilty. This court therefore finds that you are not guilty of these charges. You are free to go, and your bond will be released.”

Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, wrote on social media, “To be clear these charges were not for Breonna Taylor but nevertheless he should of been found guilty.” The “not guilty” verdict comes near the second anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s killing. On March 13, 2020, plainclothes officers serving a no-knock warrant broke down the door of Taylor’s home in the middle of the night and shot her dead. Taylor was a Black 26-year-old emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse. No police officers have been charged over her killing.

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