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What is ‘wanton endangerment,’ the charge in the Breonna Taylor case?

Activists and lawmakers have called Breonna Taylor’s death murder. A lawyer for Taylor’s family called for manslaughter charges “at a minimum.”

But the indictment announced Wednesday against a former police officer who fired into Taylor’s apartment during a raid in March was more obscure — and did not hinge on Taylor’s death. Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, accused of blindly firing rounds that entered a neighboring apartment, was charged with three counts of “wanton endangerment in the first degree.”

VERIFY: Here’s what ‘wanton endangerment’ means and what the charge entails

In the aftermath of the grand jury decision to indict one officer for ‘wanton endangerment’ in the Breonna Taylor case, the Verify team has been receiving numerous questions about what this actually means.

Wanton endangerment: What do charges against officer in Breonna Taylor case mean?

One fired Kentucky police officer has been indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid of Breonna Taylor’s home on the night of March 13.

A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments, but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death.

What is Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree? Explaining Brett Hankison’s Indictment

Agrand jury indicted former Louisville, Kentucky, Police Officer Brett Hankison on three felony counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for his role in the death of Breonna Taylor.

According to the Kentucky State Legislature, someone is guilty of wanton endangerment in the first degree when, “under extreme circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life,” they wantonly engage “in conduct….

Breonna Taylor shooting charges: What is wanton endangerment?

One officer is facing charges in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, but the charge isn’t murder.

A grand jury announced that Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on the night of March 13.

What is wanton endangerment?

According to the state of Kentucky, it is defined as:

“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 law has been in place in 1975.

According to Kentucky law firm Ron Aslam, first-degree wanton endangerment….

Charges dropped after 4 men wrongfully arrested for murder by LMPD

Four men who were accused of shooting and killing a woman on Poplar Level Road had their charges dropped after it was discovered they were not involved.

Four men were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shooting on Sunday night that left a man injured as well.

Louisville private school hit with lawsuit after expelling teen pictured with rainbow cake

A picture of a Louisville teenager celebrating her 15th birthday with a rainbow sweater and birthday cake is getting national attention.

The photo led to Kayla Kenney’s expulsion from Whitefield Academy, a private Christian school in Louisville. And on Thursday, Kayla’s family filed a lawsuit.

Ms. Kenny is represented by Ron Aslam and Georgia Connally.

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