Police Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor's Death to be Fired
6/19/2020 5:34:11 PM

A police officer involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor will be fired, the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, announced on Friday.

Mayor Greg Fischer said LMPD Chief Rob Schroeder is initiating termination procedures, according to ABC News, for Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison, but could not offer anymore details.

"'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,' Fischer said in a statement," wrote ABC News.

Hankison's termination letter was shared with reporters, and said that he violated procedure when he shot 10 rounds into Taylor's apartment while executing a no-knock warrant on March 12.

"I have determined you violated Standard Operating Procedure ... when your actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life when you wantonly and blindly fired ten rounds into the apartment of Breonna Taylor," the letter stated.

During the incident, Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, heard the officers, not in uniform, attempting to break down the door. According to investigators, Walker took out his licensed gun and fired it. The officers opened fire and hit Taylor, 25, at least eight times.

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