LMPD Terminating One of Three Officers Involved in Breonna Taylor’s Death

Detective Brett Hankison, one of three officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor, is being terminated.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Rob Schroeder is initiating termination procedures.

“Unfortunately, due to a provision in state law that I very much would 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 in a statement.

The LMPD published Hankison’s termination letter to their twitter account Friday morning.

“I have determined you violated Standard Operating Procedure […] when your actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life when you wantonly and blindly fired ten rounds into the apartment of Breonna Taylor,” the letter stated.

“It’s about damn time,” said Sam Aguiar, a Louisville-based attorney for Taylor’s family, to the Courier Journal.

On March 13, Taylor was murdered by Louisville Metro Officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove.

The officers entered her apartment unannounced with a no-knock warrant in plainclothes and fired over 20 shots shooting Taylor eight times.

They were looking for a suspect the Louisville police already had in custody.

Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was in the apartment with Taylor, fired shot at the officers thinking they were burglars. He was initially charged, but the charges were recently dropped.

Recently the Louisville Metro Council unanimously voted to pass an ordinance banning no-knock warrants known as “Breonna’s Law.”

In a statement to ABC News, Ben Crump, Lonita Baker and Aguiar, the attorneys representing Taylor’s family, said want all three officers invovled responsible to be prosecuted.

“Today’s announcement makes it clear, as we have always maintained, that the city had the power to fire the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s murder. We look forward to them terminating the other officers involved in Bre’s murder. We also look forward to these officers being prosecuted for their roles in her untimely death.”

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