Louisville Police Officer Fired Over Fatal Shooting of Breonna Taylor

June 24, 2020
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Detective Brett Hankison of the Louisville Police Department has been fired over his involvement in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor more than three months ago, CNN reports. Louisville Police posted his June 23 termination letter to their Twitter late Tuesday. The letter informed Hankison that his termination was effective immediately. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, was killed during a botched drug sting after police broke down the door to the apartment where she was asleep and shot her eight times. "I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Police Chief Robert Schroeder wrote in the termination letter. "I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion." Schroeder also wrote that the detective violated standard procedure, and that his "actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life" when he "wantonly and blindly fired 10 rounds" inside the apartment. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said last week's he'd initiated termination proceedings against Hankison. An attorney for Taylor's family said they were "excited to get this news and are encouraged by it," but, "we're waiting for the other officers to be held accountable and for additional charges to be filed but this is a step in the right direction." It is unknown if Hankison will face charges over the shooting, or if any action will be taken against the other police involved in the incident.