Officer Involved in Shooting of Breonna Taylor to Be Fired, Louisville Mayor Announces

One of three police officers involved in the shooting death of Louisville, Ky., resident Breonna Taylor will be fired, the city’s mayor announced on Friday. Termination proceedings against Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison have been initiated by department chief Rob Schroeder, according to the mayor. “Unfortunately, due to a provision in state law that …

One of three police officers involved in the shooting death of Louisville, Ky., resident Breonna Taylor will be fired, the city’s mayor announced on Friday.

Termination proceedings against Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison have been initiated by department chief Rob Schroeder, according to the mayor.

“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,” Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement.

Taylor was shot after police entered her apartment while executing a “no-knock” warrant as part of a narcotics investigation. While police told investigators that they had identified themselves, Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker stated that he did not hear the officers do so.

Walker believed the officers were intruders, and used his licensed handgun to repel them. Police found no drugs in the apartment.

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