A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not hand up charges against any officers for their alleged roles in the death of Breonna Taylor.
Former Louisville Detective Brett Hankison, fired for his role in the incident, is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree but was not charged directly in Taylor’s death.
“My office is prepared to prove these charges at trial,” Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at an afternoon news conference, adding that if convicted Hankison could serve up to five years for each count.
“However, it’s important to note he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
Two other officers involved in the shooting — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove — were not indicted.
“I’m not surprised,” former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said on CNN following the announcement. “I always thought this was going to be a difficult case once it went beyond the one officer that was firing blindly.”
Ben Crump, the attorney for Taylor’s family, called the decision not to charge Hankison for murder “outrageous and offensive.”