Officer Brett Hankison Will Be Fired From His Job For Killing Breonna Taylor
Hankison violated the department's use-of-force policy, according to Police Chief Robert Schroeder.
June 19, 2020 at 7:35 pm
The Louisville Metro Police Department will begin the termination process of Detective Brett Hankison, one of three officers involved in the late-night raid that led to the death of the 26-year-old EMS worker, as Blavity previously reported.
Louisville Police Chief Robert Schroeder wrote a letter to Hankison, saying the officer violated the department’s use-of-force policy by firing rounds "without supporting facts that your deadly force was directed at a person against whom posed an immediate threat of danger or serious injury to yourself or others," reports CBS News.
"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Schroeder wrote. "I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion."
He said that Hankison “wantonly and blindly fired 10 shots into the apartment of Breonna Taylor."
Schroeder explained that Hankison's recklessness in firing put multiple lives in danger, as several rounds went into neighboring apartments.
“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,” the letter states.
The firing comes after Schroeder reviewed the department’s internal investigation of the incident.
Hankison, along with Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, was previously put on administrative leave while the department was investigating the shooting that led to the needless death of Taylor, reports CNN.
Hankison will be able to provide "additional information or mitigating factors” with the help of union representatives and a lawyer.
Brett Hankinson, one of the officers who murdered #BreonnaTaylor and who's been accused of sexually assaulting two women, is a member of the Louisville Police Merit Board, which reviews police officer disciplinary appeals.— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) June 11, 2020
The officers who murdered Breonna must be arrested *NOW* pic.twitter.com/iTIJVmE13o
When Fischer announced the steps the LMPD was taking to terminate Hankison, he declined to further comment on the incident.
"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," Fischer said during the announcement of Hankison’s termination at a news conference on Friday.
Sam Aguiar, a lawyer for Taylor’s family said "it's about damn time" the officer was fired.
Earlier this month, the LMPD released the incident report from the night Taylor was killed, which stated that she did not sustain any injuries and showed “no” was marked on the “forced entry” section, as Blavity previously reported.
Fischer said the report was unacceptable.
“Full stop. It’s issues like this that erode public confidence in LMPD’s ability to do its job, and that’s why I’ve ordered an external top-to-bottom review of the department," he said. "I am sorry for the additional pain to the Taylor family and our community."