Breonna Taylor case: What is wanton endangerment?

Breonna Taylor case: What is wanton endangerment?

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Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, one of three cops involved in a deadly March drug operation that left Breonna Taylor dead, was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. Taylor was a 26-year-old Black woman who worked in emergency medical services. The charge is a Class D felony under a Kentucky law that took effect in 1975, with each count carrying a possible sentence of 1 to 5 years in prison and fines as high as ,000. Hankison was fired June 23 for his role in the operation accused of recklessly firing multiple bullets into a neighbours apartment. Hankison was not charged in Taylor's death, but rather for endangering her neighbour's lives. 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 statute reads. BREANNA TAYLOR SHOOTING: FIRED LOUISVILLE OFFICER INDICTED ON CRIMINAL CHARGES BUT NOT HER DEATHThe other two officers involved in the operation, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was shot in the leg, and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were not indicted, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Cameron said he did not expect additional charges in connection with their entry into Taylors apartment on March 13. BREANNA TAYLORS ATTORNEY ON GRAND JURY DECISION: OUTRAGEOUS AND OFFENSIVECarl Takei, a senior attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, blasted the charges Wednesday afternoon, saying they showed modern policing and our criminal legal system is rotten to the core. The charges brought against Officer Hankison state that Hankison violated standard operating procedures when his actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life. Takei said in a statement. The choice to bring these charges alone and so late highlights

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