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Brett Hankison is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. Photo: Courtesy by the Shelby County Sherrif's Department

The former Louisville police officer charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection with the raid that led to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, pleaded "not guilty" on Monday, the Courier Journal reports.

The big picture: The announcement of charges against Brett Hankison, who was fired from the department in June, set off nationwide protests last week. None of the officers involved in the raid were indicted on homicide or manslaughter charges related to Taylor's death.

  • Citing police statements and a witness, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said last week the officers who entered Taylor's home knocked and announced their presence, despite having a "no-knock" warrant.
  • Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, as well as some neighbors have previously said they did not hear the officers announce their presence. Walker said he mistook police as an intruder when he fired his weapon.
  • Cameron also said officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were "justified" in their actions because Walker fired his weapon first.
  • Benjamin Crump, Taylor's family lawyer, has demanded Cameron release the full transcript of grand jury proceedings.
  • Crump has repeatedly noted that the wanton endangerment charges against Hankison stem from shots fired into white neighbors' apartments, not Taylor's or other Black residents.

What's next: A pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 28.

  • If convicted, Hankison could face up to five years in prison for each count.

Good deeper: "Not enough": Protesters react to no murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

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DOJ declines to charge officers in 2014 fatal shooting of Tamir Rice

People gather to protest against the police killing of Tamir Rice. Photo: Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Department of Justice said on Tuesday it would not bring charges against two officers in 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and that it was closing its federal investigation into the shooting.

Why it matters: The killing of Rice triggered large protests against police brutality and galvanized support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Reacting to Tuesday's announcement, Rice's family lawyer said the Justice Department’s “process was tainted," per AP.

CPAC Republicans choose conservatism over constituents

Rep. Matt Gaetz. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

CPAC proved such a draw, conservative Republicans chose the conference over their constituents.

Why it matters: More than a dozen House Republicans voted by proxy on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill in Washington so they could speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC. And Sen. Ted Cruz skipped an Air Force One flight as President Biden flew to Cruz's hometown of Houston to survey storm damage.

Border Democrat warns Biden about immigrant fallout

Henry Cuellar (right). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images

A Democratic lawmaker representing a border district warned the Biden administration against easing up too much on unauthorized immigrants, citing their impact on his constituents, local hospitals and their potential to spread the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told Axios he supports President Biden. But the moderate said he sees the downsides of efforts to placate pro-immigrant groups, an effort that threatens to blow up on the administration.

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