Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor Fatal Shooting Officially Fired
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Detective Brett Hankison — who shot 10 rounds into the Louisville, Kentucky, apartment of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor — has been fired.

Tuesday on Twitter, the Louisville Metro Police Department shared a letter signed by Chief of Police Robert J. Schroeder announcing the official termination of Hankison. Hankison, along with Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove, entered Taylor’s residence on a no-knock search warrant while in plainclothes.

Last week, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced that the LMPD was initiating Hankison’s exit.

Reiterating what he wrote on June 19, Schroeder says in this new letter that the disgraced cop violated “obedience to rules and regulations,” as well as “used deadly force” when he “wantonly and blindly fired 10 rounds into the apartment of Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020.”

Schroeder also references a previous incident of reckless conduct in which Hankison “injured an innocent person.” He was disciplined for the matter on January 9, 2019.

“Based on my review, these are extreme violations of our policies. I find your conduct a shock to the conscience,” Schroeder wrote, in regard to Taylor’s case. “I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion. You have never been trained by the Louisville Metro Police Department to use deadly force in this fashion. Your actions have brought discredit upon yourself and the Department.”

Beginning June 23, Hankison has 10 days to appeal the decision.

Despite Hankison’s firing, he and the other two officers have yet to be charged and/or arrested in Taylor’s death.

Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron promised that his office “is undertaking a thorough and fair investigation” into the matter.

In early June, the Louisville, Kentucky, metro council passed Breonna’s Law, which bans no-knock search warrants, 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.

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