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LMPD fires officer Brett Hankison for role in Breonna Taylor shooting

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The Louisville Metro Police Department has initiated the termination proceedings for Detective Brett Hankison for his role in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

This afternoon, LMPD released the official letter served to Hankison informing the longtime officer of his termination for creating a “substantial danger of death and serious injury” to Taylor and those in a neighboring apartment.

In the letter submitted by LMPD Chief of Police Robert Shroeder, Hankison’s behavior on the job is described in detail the night of Taylor’s death, with Shroeder noting that he has “utmost confidence” in his decision to terminate the officer’s employment.

Read the letter in its entirety below:

I have determined you violated Standard Operating Procedure 5.1.2 Obedience to Rules and Regulations when your actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life when you wantonly and blindly fired ten (10) rounds into the apartment of Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020. These rounds created a substantial danger of death and serious injury to Breonna Taylor and the three occupants of the apartment next to Ms. Taylor’s. I make my determination pursuant to the preponderance of the evidence.

You have 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. 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 importantly any innocent persons present.

You further failed to be cognizant of the direction in which your firearm was discharged. Some of the rounds you fired actually travelled into the apartment next to Ms. Taylor’s endangering the three lives in that apartment. You have previously been disciplined for reckless conduct that injured an innocent person in Professional Standards Case #17-062 for which you were disciplined on January 9, 2019.

Based upon my review, these are extreme violations of our policies. I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion. You have never been trained by the Louisville Metro Police Department to use deadly force in this fashion. Your actions have brought discredit upon yourself and the Department.  Your conduct has severely damaged the image of our Department we have established with our community. The result of your actions 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. I have utmost confidence in my decision to terminate your employment for the best interest for the Louisville Metro Police Department and our community.

Hankison was one of three officers involved in the shooting, with the other two being Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Det. Myles Cogrove. As of now, no action has been taken against either officer and none of the three have been charged.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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35 Comments for LMPD fires officer Brett Hankison for role in Breonna Taylor shooting



  1. Bluebloodtoo
    2:10 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    That’s the right decision, but why did it take riots to get it done?



    • bigblue98
      2:25 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      It took removing Conrad from office – he was a pansy and non-leader. His term as chief has been riddled with misconduct. This issue, explorer program, and the overtime pay issue with a few officers lying about their hours worked are just a few. Rather than address, he tried to cover all up. If there was a worse chief in the country than Conrad I would like to meet him. The man’s leadership was absolutely pathetic.



    • ClutchCargo
      2:34 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Conrad was Fischer’s lap dog. Even after all those scandals, he defended him until right before he was going to retire anyway. As long as Fischer is around, don’t expect anything to really change.



  2. Guinniemen
    2:18 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    I agree and let’s not forget the fact he is a sexual predator. Going to St Matthews to pick up drunk girls and sexually assault them. He should be locked away for life!



    • shepdog3720
      2:38 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Kind of like the Duke Lacrosse players? You have zero proof to those accusations, but have already rendered the verdict? That’s dangerous bro…..



  3. Shark
    2:21 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Right decision if he blindly fired his gun, that’s stupid and what happened is the reason why you shouldn’t do that. He ruined many lives over that.

    No why are they trying to take over downtown and make it like Seattle. Will our governor have the guts to stop that or is just a typical liberal.

    I wish BLM would march into all the nice fancy white subdivisions and teach those people some history.



    • kjd
      2:39 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Neighborhood invasion will be historic for sure. It would be a bloodbath. No winners.



    • UKFanSC
      2:51 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah….. some of those fancy white neighborhoods have fancy white guns, and people who’ll use them.



    • JEUofK
      6:10 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      BLM doesn’t know history. Them and their “comrades” are only concerned about transgender blacks and promoting single-parent “families”.

      If we made a dollar every time a black killed another black, we’d still break even if we had to give up $700 for every police officer that killed an unarmed black.



    • satcheluk
      10:17 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      You will surely rot in racist hell.



    • UKgrad80
      9:34 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      You are a special kind of sick.



  4. Shark
    3:26 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Well those fancy white neighborhoods and rich White people owe the Black Community for the racism they have caused and should be grateful to give up their stuff and move out.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:32 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      What about the rich black people who also live in the fancy neighborhoods? Do they have to move out, too?



  5. Shark
    3:29 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    All statues of any white person should be removed and replaced with black civil rights leaders and black war hero’s and all buildings and streets need to be renamed for any black person who was a leader in the struggle for slavery that the whites of today are responsible for



    • KyZoneBlitz
      4:24 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      You know there were black slave owners too? And not just ones helping to free others, but some of the most brutal slave owners of the era. In fact it was a freed black educated slave that led to slavery being a life-sentence, beforehand it was more of a contract. After the owner of the property passed away, he left it to the freed slave because he didnt have any children. One of the workers went to go work for a white neighbor, and the freed worker who now owned the property, sued the neighbor stating that the worker was more properly than human, and should be treated as such, and of course the jury not wanting to los their slaves, agreed with him. Happened in virginia, look it up.



    • satcheluk
      10:18 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Both of you are dimwits.



    • UKgrad80
      9:36 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      When I read these things I can see why UK fans are so hated. We sure have our share of racist rednecks!



  6. Shark
    3:31 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Let BLM have the cop and call it even.



    • UKFanSC
      4:40 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      This Shark idiot is obviously not serious, and is simply trying to provoke us with her ridiculous statements. Just ignore her.



    • JEUofK
      6:08 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      How dare you refer to it as ‘her’. Transphobe!



    • UKFanSC
      6:48 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Guilty !!!



  7. Bluebird
    4:27 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    A lot of tough words from a guy punishing a murderer by…not letting him have his job anymore.



  8. BluKudzu
    4:44 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Thinking that is why he was fired, removing any protections being a member of the police force were given.

    Now civil redirection as well as charges may be pursued.



  9. UKFanSC
    5:04 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Please read about this guy. He’s a real piece of work….. been picking up drunk college girls at the St Matthews bars and using his badge to abuse them for years.



  10. CrystalBall
    5:12 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Still nothing on KSR about the passing of Congressman Barr’s wife. Nothing.



    • UKFanSC
      6:50 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      I heard a heart condition. “Floppy valve”……undiagnosed.



    • UKFanSC
      6:50 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Is that true ??



    • lizard king
      7:16 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Because this is a liberal website and they do not care about republicans or what happens to them. I’m sure if it was Pelosi kid it would be all over here.



    • chessplayer1974
      7:20 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Barr’s wife is white. No story there



  11. jaws2
    5:49 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Doesn’t fit the KSR ‘narrative’ CrystalBall.



  12. crazycatfan65
    7:42 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Doesn’t fit the liberal medias agenda of race baiting and division. Just like you will never hear the liberal media report that police kill almost TWICE as many whites per year then blacks. You can name most if not all of the unarmed blacks killed by police but how many of the unarmed whites killed by police can you name? You can’t because the liberal media REFUSES to report those deaths. My African American father in law sent me this and I found it to be rather interesting. As he has told me and his kids several times, young brothers today don’t have respect for anyone except themselves but demand to be respected. Everyone black killed by police brought it all on themselves. If they were more worried about right and wrong instead of being a thug or gangsta they would still be alive.
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/



  13. crazycatfan65
    7:42 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Doesn’t fit the liberal medias agenda of race baiting and division. Just like you will never hear the liberal media report that police kill almost TWICE as many whites per year then blacks. You can name most if not all of the unarmed blacks killed by police but how many of the unarmed whites killed by police can you name? You can’t because the liberal media REFUSES to report those deaths. My African American father in law sent me this and I found it to be rather interesting. As he has told me and his kids several times, young brothers today don’t have respect for anyone except themselves but demand to be respected. Everyone black killed by police brought it all on themselves. If they were more worried about right and wrong instead of being a thug or gangsta they would still be alive.
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/



    • lizard king
      8:05 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      ^^^
      So true

      My kids had better respect the police or those in charge and try to stay away from trouble and make good decisions

      If pulled over they better have respect And be polite and do what is asked

      They should have enough morals not to loot and act like animals.



    • Urincatland
      9:47 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Totally agree!



  14. TPACAT
    8:16 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Shark is just (ironically) trolling you guys…