Living That BOUNCE Life

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 21: Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, poses for a portrait in front of a mural of her daughter at Jefferson Square park on September 21, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Demonstrators gathered to prepare for possible unrest in wake of the Grand Jury decision regarding the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers during a no-knock warrant at her apartment on March 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Demonstrators have occupied the park for 118 days. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

One of the three Louisville police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor has been charged. Brett Hankison has been charged with three counts of wanton endangerment of the first degree, according to CNN.

Hankison was fired from the department more than three months after Taylor’s death. Robert Schroeder, who was police chief at the time, wrote in a termination letter that Hankinson violated standard operating procedure when his “actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” after he “wantonly and blindly fired ten (10) rounds” into Taylor’s apartment.

As Fox News reports, no charges were immediately announced against the two other officers involved in the raid — Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly. Sgt. Mattingly was shot in the leg and underwent surgery after the police operation that resulted in Taylor’s death.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical worker, was shot five times by the officers who entered her home using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation on March 13.

The indictment follows a record $12 million settlement between the city of Louisville, Kentucky and the family of Breonna Taylor. The settlement was announced by city officials and Taylor’s family earlier this month, and includes a major police reform package.