The trial of the accused in the Breonna Taylor case has begun in Kentucky

The trial of the accused in the Breonna Taylor case has begun in Kentucky ...

The trial of a white former Kentucky cop charged with wantingon endangerment during the 2020 shooting of Breonna Taylor began on Wednesday, focusing on another incident in the United States that sparked a summer of protests two years ago.

During a botched execution of a search warrant in March 2020, Detective Brett Hankison, 45, was the only one charged in the incident.

In her opening argument on Wednesday, Kentucky Assistant Attorney General Barbara Whaley explained to the jury that the case was not about Taylor. Instead, she said, it concerned whether Hankison showed "extreme indifference to human life" when firing the bullets that endangered Taylor and shattered their glass patio door, and caused drywall to fall on one of them, according to Cassie Etherton.

Etherton told reporters on Wednesday that he had woken that March night to a boom, then heard several shots and felt debris falling on him after leaving his room.

Etherton said he went to check it out and was able to take his hands out of the broken glass. "It was just reckless," he said.

In his opening arguments, Hankison's attorney, Stew Mathews, said, "There will not be a dispute about the evidence." "The issue is, what was the reasoning behind his firing?"

The death of Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician who was unarmed, as well as the killings of two Black men - George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia - sparked worldwide attention and sparked weeks of protests against police violence.

After Taylor's death, appels to ban no-knock warrants have been intensified.

Hankison's trial in the Jefferson County Circuit Court has failed to satisfy activists who believe police got off too easily after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the leading investigator, claimed police were justified in using deadly force.

The charges against Hankison, who claimed not guilty, are a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Jury selection began on February 3.

A grand jury has cleared the two white cops who shot Taylor, but found some reason to charge Hankison with putting him in jeopardy.

While being served a search warrant, Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was with her, fired one round from a 9mm handgun he was licensed to carry, wounding one officer in the leg.

The cops responded by firing 32 rounds, beating Taylor six times.

Several shots were fired outside the apartment and through a sliding glass patio door that had the blinds drawn. Several of Hankison's shots pierced the wall and entered the next-door residence owned by a child, a pregnant woman, and a man.

When a shooting began, Hankison told a grand jury that he opened fire. He mistakenly believed one of the occupants was holding an AR-15 or other long rifle.

"I believed they were just being executed," Hankison said of his fellow officers.

Most of what he learned of were other police firing their weapons. Police Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, who was wounded by Walker's single shot, was fired six times and Detective Myles Cosgrove fired 16 shots, according to the investigation.

In connection with a drug investigation in which Taylor's ex-boyfriend was a suspect, police wanted to close the house.

The city of Louisville paid $12 million for Taylor's family wrongful death settlement.

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