A white police officer implicated in the death of African-American Breonna Taylor, who was killed in her home in March during a controversial search, has been charged, a judge in Louisville, Kentucky, announced Wednesday.
Brett Hankison, one of the three agents involved, is being prosecuted for endangering the lives of others, a criminal charge below that of homicide. He was fired from the police in June.
The judge did not say whether her two colleagues, who had been laid off, would also be prosecuted or exonerated.
Brett Hankison was to be taken into custody and his bail was set at $ 15,000.
Lawyer for Breonna Taylor's family, Ben Crump, on Twitter denounced a “scandalous and insulting” decision.
The former policeman “has been indicted on three charges of endangering the lives of others. These three charges are for bullets that ended up in other apartments, but NOTHING for what happened ”to Breonna Taylor, he wrote.
The 26-year-old nurse was killed in the middle of the night at her home on March 13 when the three police officers arrived there with a so-called “no knock” arrest warrant, which allows them to enter a suspect's home. without announcing.
When they arrived, his companion opened fire with a legally owned weapon. The officers retaliated and Breonna Taylor was shot several times. His companion then explained that the officers had not announced themselves and that he believed he was dealing with a burglar. They claim to have introduced themselves before entering.
His death didn't attract much attention at first, but it has come back to center stage as part of the major anti-racist protests that have swept across the United States since the death of George Floyd, a suffocated black forty-something. by a white policeman in Minneapolis in late May.