A dismissal letter sent to the Officer Brett Hankison published by the city’s police department, said today Hankinson violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life”, when it “arbitrary and blind” shot 10 rounds of shots in Taylor’s apartment in March. The letter also said Hankison, who is white, violated the rule prohibiting the use of deadly force.
Taylor, who was Black, was shot eight times by officers who burst into his Louisville home with the help of a no-knock warrant for a March 13 narcotics investigation. The warrant to search his home was in relationship with a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside.
The no-knock search warrant that allows the police to enter without first announcing their presence has been recently banned by the Louisville Metro Council.
The letter said Hankison pulled the towers “without the support of facts” that the deadly force was directed at a person posing an immediate threat.
“I find your behaviour a shock to the conscience,” Louisville police Chief Robert Schroeder said in the letter. “Your actions have brought discredit upon yourself and the Department.”
This announcement comes after Mayor Greg Fischer said last week that Schroeder has begun with the termination of the procedure for Hankison, while the other two officers remain administrative reallocation, as the shooting is investigated.
Protesters calling for justice in the case of Taylor, of the shooting have taken their appeals to the street in the middle of international protests over racism and police violence after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, for several minutes, as he pleaded for air.
This month, Beyonce has also joined the call for charges against the police officers involved in Taylor’s death. The singer has sent a letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, saying: the three Louisville police officers should be held accountable for their actions.”
“The bureau has the authority and responsibility to render justice to Breonna Taylor, and to demonstrate the value of a Black woman’s life,” said the letter published on the singer on his web site.