LMPD to fire officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting

by Jordyn Pair · Jun 19th, 2020 12:54 pm

Louisville Metro Police Department

The Louisville Metro Police will be firing one of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor on March 13, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Friday.

The LMPD will be firing Officer Brett Hankison, who was one of three officers to fire weapons in Taylor's apartment that night during the execution of a no-knock warrant to search for narcotics. Taylor died as a result of the encounter.

The department's interim chief, Robert Schroeder, accused Hankison of "blindly" firing 10 rounds into Taylor's apartment after Taylor's boyfriend, who was in bed with her, opened fire on the officers.

"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Schroeder wrote in a Friday letter to Hankison outlining why he was being terminated. "I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion ...The result of your action seriously impedes the Department's goal of providing the citizens of our city with the most professional law enforcement agency possible. I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Your conduct demands your termination."

Fischer declined to comment further about the termination in a Friday news conference.

"Unfortunately, due to a provision in state law that I would very much like to see changed, both the chief and I are precluded from talking about what brought us to this moment or even the timing of this decision," the mayor said.


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