Officer Brett Hankison — who was one of three cops involved in the deadly March 13 shooting of 26-year-old Kentucky EMT Breonna Taylor — will be fired.
On Friday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville Metro Police Department is initiating the termination of Hankison. Along with Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove, Hankison entered Taylor’s residence on a no-knock search warrant in plain clothes as part of a narcotics raid.
Since the incident, the three officers have been placed on administrative leave.
In a letter addressed to Hankison, Chief of Police Robert Schroeder writes that the disgraced cop had violated “obedience to rules and regulations," as well as “used deadly force” in the incident that cost Taylor her life.
“Your actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life when you wantonly and blindly fired ten rounds into the apartment of Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2000,” Schroeder wrote.
“In fact, the ten rounds you fired were into a patio door and window which were covered with material that completely prevented you from verifying any person as an immediate threat or more importantly any innocent persons present,” the Police Chief added.
At a press conference on Thursday, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said the investigation into Taylor’s death is “ongoing” but declined to discuss specific details, including whether or not all three cops will be charged.
However, Cameron and his department assured the media that they “will do what is right. We will find the truth.”
“I’d also like to say to all those involved in this case, you have my commitment that our office is undertaking a thorough and fair investigation,” Cameron continued. “This is also a commitment I’m making to the Louisville community, which has suffered tremendously in the days since March 13.”
Earlier this month, the Louisville, Kentucky, metro council passed Breonna’s Law, which bans no-knock search warrants. The law also requires officers to have their body cameras on when conducting a search, and mandates that these cameras must be turned on from at least five minutes before the warrant is served to at least five minutes afterward.