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The charges in the Breonna Taylor case don’t add up

Former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in the incident that killed Breonna Taylor.

But no one, including Hankison, has been charged with killing her.

That is not justice, and in my view, there should be no peace.

Hankison faces up to five years on each count of wanton endangerment after he and other officers fired dozens of bullets while executing a no-knock warrant, killing Taylor. But in a case in which a woman lost her life, his bail is only $15,000.

None of us should rest until the answers make sense, and right now the answers just don’t.

It didn’t make sense when I watched a judge announce the charges Hankison faces. The judge gave the initials of the people Hankison allegedly endangered by firing blindly from outside Taylor’s apartment.

I kept waiting for the judge to say that Hankison endangered someone with the initials, “B.T.” She never said that.

That means Hankison was not charged with killing Breonna Taylor. He was not even charged with endangering her. Instead, he was charged with endangering Taylor’s neighbors in the apartment complex. That is not justice, and it doesn’t make sense.

Click here to read the rest of this column on WHYY

Photo by Fibonacci Blue: Breonna Taylor protest in Minneapolis, MN.

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