‘Wanton Murder’: Breonna Taylor Family Attorney Says Verdict Is Miscarriage Of Justice

Ben Crump, the attorney representing the Breonna Taylor family, released a statement critical of the grand jury decision not to charge the officers involved with Taylor’s fatal shooting.

One of the officers involved in the incident, former officer Brett Hankison, was charged with three counts of “wanton endangerment,” a charge Crump said should be “wanton murder.”

“Jefferson County Grand Jury indicts former ofc. Brett Hankison with 3 counts of Wanton Endangerment in 1st Degree for bullets that went into other apartments but NOTHING for the murder of Breonna Taylor. This is outrageous and offensive!” Crump tweeted.

“If Brett Hankison’s behavior was wanton endangerment to people in neighboring apartments, then it should have been wanton endangerment in Breonna Taylor’s apartment too. In fact, it should have been ruled wanton murder!” he added.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The 12 members of the grand jury charged Hankison with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, which is designated as a Class D felony in the state of Kentucky. The state says an individual is charged with the crime 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 court issued a warrant for Hankison’s arrest and set a bond of $15,000. Louisville Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, two officers who were also involved in the shooting, were not charged.

Prior to the announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer declared a state of emergency order, setting a curfew at 9 p.m. in preparation for widespread protests and potentially violent riots. The Kentucky National Guard also arrived on the scene shortly after the announcement to protect the city from criminal activity alongside local and state police officers.

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Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear is encouraging the office of the attorney general to release all information they used to make the decision available to the public, so to avoid continued violent demonstrations.

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