Officer charged in Breonna Taylor case pleads not guilty

Kentucky

In this undated photo provided by the Louisville Police Department is officer, Brett Hankison. Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer said Friday, June 19, 2020, that Hankison, who is one of three police officers involved in the March 13 fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, will be fired. Two other officers remain on administrative reassignment while the shooting is investigated. (Louisville Police Department via AP)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The lone Kentucky detective charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor has pleaded not guilty.

Brett Hankison’s plea Monday comes five days after a grand jury indicted him on three counts of “wanton endangerment” for firing into the home of Taylor’s neighbors.

Hankison was one of three undercover narcotics detectives who opened fire inside Taylor’s house on the night of March 13 during a botched drug raid. He was fired in June after officials said he “blindly” shot into Taylor’s home.

A grand jury last week declined to charge Hankison or the other two officers who fired their weapons with Taylor’s fatal shooting. The decision set off protests in downtown Louisville and across the country.

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