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Police Officer Involved In Breonna Taylor Shooting Fired

Jun 23, 2020, 6:37 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 4:48 pm
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 05: Protesters gather around a memorial for Breonna Taylor on what would have...
LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 05: Protesters gather around a memorial for Breonna Taylor on what would have been her 27th birthday on June 5, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. Protests across the country continue into their second weekend after recent police-related incidents resulting in the deaths of African-Americans Breonna Taylor in Louisville and George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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

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.

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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Police Officer Involved In Breonna Taylor Shooting Fired