Louisville detective fired over killing of Breonna Taylor

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Louisville detective fired over killing of Breonna Taylor

One of three Kentucky police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor this year was fired Tuesday, authorities said. Breonna Taylor during a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Ky.Courtesy of Family of Breonna Taylor / AFP – Getty Images In a two-page letter to Louisville Metro Police Department detective Brett Hankison, chief Robert J. Schroeder said that the detective violated department rules, procedures and deadly force standards when Taylor was killed.

When Hankison and two other plainclothes officers used a “no-knock” warrant to enter Taylor’s apartment March 13, he “wantonly and blindly” fired 10 rounds, Schroeder wrote.

“These rounds created a substantial danger of death and serious injury to Breonna Taylor and the three occupants of the apartment next to Ms. Taylor’s,” he said.

Schroeder added that Hankison fired those rounds without knowing if that deadly force was directed at someone who posed an immediate threat. Louisville police officer Brett Hankison.Louisville Metro Police Department Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.

This site is protected by recaptcha Privacy Policy | Terms of Service “Based upon my review, these are extreme violations of our policies,” he wrote. “I find your conduct a shock to the conscience.”

The two other officers who were with Hankison have been placed on administrative leave.

The death of Taylor, a 26-year-old African American emergency-room technician, has drawn widespread criticism. It spawned memes , prompted protests around the country and led to a local ban — “Breonna’s Law” — on “no-knock” warrants .Taylor was […]

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