‘Termination initiated’ for Louisville cop involved in March shooting that killed Breonna Taylor

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More than three months after the shooting, following the termination of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death, and the Atlanta officer who killed Rayshard Brooks was terminated, one of the Louisville cops involved in the death of Breonna Taylor will soon be fired.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Louisville Metro Police has initiated the termination of Officer Brett Hankison, one of three officers to fire weapons on March 13 at Taylor’s apartment, the Courier Journal reported.

Taylor is a 26-year-old emergency medical worker who was killed after being shot eight times in her home by police.

Police entered Taylor’s home with a no-knock search warrant to search for drugs.

The Louisville Metro Police Department said the officers announced themselves, even though they did not have to. After using a battering ram to enter the home, the officers were “immediately met by gunfire” from Taylor’s boyfriend.

(The Democratic mayor has temporarily suspended all “no knock” warrants.)

An officer was shot in the leg by the boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was in bed with Taylor. Three officers returned fire, include the one who was shot.

Walker would be charged with attempted murder of a police officer — the charge was dismissed last month.

Lawyers representing Taylor’s family dispute that the police identified themselves before entering and said Walker, who has said he feared for his life, was licensed to carry a gun.

Interim police chief Robert Schroeder accused Hankison — who was under fire — of “blindly” firing 10 rounds into the apartment, creating a substantial danger of death and serious injury, according to the Courier Journal.

Schroeder wrote a letter to Hankison laying out the charges against him.

“I find your conduct a shock to the conscience,” he wrote. “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,” the letter stated. “I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department.”

“Your conduct demands your termination,” Schroeder added.

The newspaper reported that after Taylor’s death, Hankison was hit with multiple sexual assault claims by women online, who claimed in social media posts the officer offered intoxicated women a ride home from bars before accosting them.

Mayor Fischer is under fire after at least 100 police officers called for his resignation, claiming he forced Louisville police to “stand down” during recent protests downtown.

“When the vandalism and looting began, front line workers were given the order of ‘stand down’ from the mayor,” retired LMPD officer George Rodman said, according to WDRB. “‘Stand down’ from the mayor.”

Fischer denied the allegation, essentially throwing the interim chief under the bus.

In saying that he’s “sometimes around” when the decisions are made, the order is up to Schroeder.

“Ultimately, Chief Schroeder,” Fischer said. “And then it would go to the commander who ever is on the ground at that point.”

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