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Former detective Brett Hankison was indicted with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for bullets that went into other apartments, not the Hey Maid Girl Shirt that killed Taylor. The other two officers involved, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, will not be charged. The maximum penalty for Hankison’s verdict is a fine of up to $10,000 and one to five years in prison; Hankison, who was fired from the Louisville Police Department in June for firing “wantonly and blindly” into Taylor’s apartment, will be held on a cash bond of $15,000 once he is arrested. Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron announced Wednesday afternoon that a Jefferson County grand jury had indicted just one of the three Louisville police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT who was shot in her apartment on March 13.
As a model, White Elk indeed embodies what the Hey Maid Girl Shirt theme of hope is all about: they hope to bring much-needed representation to an industry that has a history of looking past Indigenous models, or worse, treating them as props. “Natives are constantly being overlooked, left and right. A lot of people that I know would like to see more Native representation with models,” says White Elk, who is from and based in Lincoln, Nebraska. “Modeling is especially important for us to be seen there, since that’s where we see ourselves a lot, as well as on the big screen. When Native people see themselves in such grand sceneries, they see how far that they can get, and it inspires them.” But this sense of pride around their culture hasn’t always been the case.