BREAKING: Louisville Officer Fired After Breonna Taylor Shooting

Rebekah Sager
June 19, 2020 - 9:16 am
Breonna Taylor (AP)

AP

Categories: 

Louisville Officer Brett Hankison is being fired after Breonna Taylor shooting.

According to the Courier-Journal, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Louisville Metro Police is terminating Officer Brett Hankison, one of three LMPD officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor on March 13. 

Officer Hankison is accused of "blindly" firing 10 rounds into Taylor's apartment. 

Friday, LMPD's interim police chief, Robert Schroeder, wrote a letter to Hankison laying out the charges. "I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Schroeder wrote, adding, "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," he said. "Your conduct demands your termination." 

This month, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced aiding and abetting murder charges against former officers Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao in the death of George Floyd, while increasing the charge against Officer Derek Chauvin from third to second-degree murder. All four former police officers are now in jail.

"I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second degree murder," Ellison said, detailing the charges against the other three officers and adding, "I strongly believe these developments are in the interest of justice for Mr. Floyd."

This story is developing.