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One of the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor has been fired more three months later.
The Louisville Metro Police Department posted a letter via Twitter on June 23rd, addressed to Det. Brett Hankison, signed by the police chief informing him of his terminated, effective immediately.
Hankson and two other Louisville, Kentucky officers killed Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, when they broke down the door to her apartment in an attempted drug sting and shot her eight times. The officers were later put on administrative leave.
Hankison violated standard operating procedure when his “actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly fired ten (10) rounds” into Taylor’s apartment, Schroeder wrote in the letter.
“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,” he wrote. “I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Your conduct demands your termination.”
The family of Breonna Taylor was excited to get the news, being encouraged by it.
“This is just one step though,” Lonita Baker, the Taylor family attorney added. “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.”