Brett Hankison — one of the three cops involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor — has officially been fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department. His termination became effective on Tuesday (June 23), a few days after interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder announced his intention to remove Hankison from the department.
In his termination letter, Schroeder accused Hankison of “blindly” firing ten rounds of shots into Taylor’s apartment on March 13 and displaying an “extreme indifference” to her and other residents’ lives.
“You also violated Standard Operating Procedure (9.1.12) Use Of Deadly Force when you used deadly force by blindly firing ten (10) rounds into Breonna Taylor’s apartment without supporting facts that your deadly force was directed at a person against whom posed an immediate threat of danger or serious injury to yourself or others,” Schroeder’s letter read.
“In fact the ten (10) rounds you fired were into a patio door and window which were covered with material that completely prevented you from verifying any person as an immediate threat or more important any innocent persons present.”
“I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion,” the letter concluded. “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. Your conduct demands your termination.”
Earlier this month, at least two women also accused Hankison of sexual assault. The two remaining officers involved in Taylor’s death — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — are still employed by the Louisville Metro Police Department and have been placed on administrative reassignment. Currently, no charges have been brought against any of the three men.