Police officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting fired

Taylor, who was Black, was shot eight times by officers who burst into her Louisville home using a no-knock warrant during a March 13 narcotics investigation.

A portrait of Breonna Taylor, a medical worker in Louisville, Ky., who was killed in her apartment by the police in March, is seen at a memorial in Louisville, Ky., June 7, 2020.
A portrait of Breonna Taylor, a medical worker in Louisville, Ky., who was killed in her apartment by the police in March, is seen at a memorial in Louisville, Ky., June 7, 2020. –Luke Sharrett/The New York Times

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Metro police department has fired one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

A file photo provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department shows officer Brett Hankison. —Louisville Police Department via AP, File

A termination letter for Officer Brett Hankison released by the city’s police department today said Hankinson violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” shot 10 rounds of gunfire into Taylor’s apartment in March. The letter also said Hankinson violated the rule against using deadly force.

Taylor, who was Black, was shot eight times by officers who burst into her Louisville home using a no-knock warrant during a March 13 narcotics investigation. No drugs were found at her home.

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Mayor Greg Fischer said last week interim Louisville police Chief Robert Schroeder had started termination proceedings for Hankison. Two other officers remain on administrative reassignment while the shooting is investigated.

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