Louisville, KY-One of the three officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor on March 13 is being fired, mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday morning.
In a statement made by the mayor, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Rob Schroeder is initiating termination procedures against Officer Brett Hankison.
“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,” the statement said.
Hankison is one of three officers that has been on administrative reassignments during the investigation of Taylor’s death. Taylor, 26, was killed during a raid at her Louisville home on March 13.
Taylor’s boyfriend thought the officers were intruders and fired a shot as they entered. Taylor was shot eight times by officers.
Hankison is accused by the department's interim chief, Robert Schroeder, of "blindly" firing 10 rounds into Taylor's apartment, creating a substantial danger of death and serious injury.
"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Schroeder wrote in a Friday letter to Hankison laying out the charges against him. "I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion."
“The result of your action seriously impedes the Department's goal of providing the citizens of our city with the most professional law enforcement agency possible. I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department," he added. "Your conduct demands your termination."
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