Kentucky officials are reportedly in the process of firing an officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, an EMT who police reportedly shot multiple times while executing a no-knock warrant at the wrong apartment.
According to WLKY, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that Louisville Metro police Chief Rob Schroeder has initiated termination proceedings for Detective Brett Hankison, 44. Hankison was one of three Louisville police officers involved in Taylor’s March 13 death.
State law prevents officials from disclosing the timing or reasoning behind Hankison’s firing. However, earlier this month, officials confirmed they were investigating claims that Hankison sexually assaulted two women while on duty.
The two women described similar encounters with Hankison. They alleged that they were on their way home from bars when Hankison, in uniform, offered them a ride home in a marked police vehicle. The women claimed Hankison then forced himself on them.
Hankison gained national attention for his involvement in a raid which resulted in officers shooting Taylor, 26, eight times as she slept. Louisville Metro police claimed they announced themselves and were returning gunfire from Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, 27.
Walker was initially charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault but prosecutors dropped the charges due to lack of evidence.
Hankison is reportedly also the subject of a federal lawsuit in which he’s characterized as a “dirty cop” who planted drugs and framed people. The civil lawsuit was filed by Kendrick Wilson, who alleged that Hankison arrested him three times between 2016 and 2018, each time at a bar Hankison was working at off-duty.
Wilson also claimed he and Hankison had a relationship with the same woman.
No members of law enforcement have been criminally charged or arrested in connection with Taylor’s shooting death.
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[Featured image: Breonna Taylor/Instagram; Brett Hankison/Louisville Metro Police Department]