Louisville police chief takes step to fire officer in Breonna Taylor shooting

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(C) Reuters. Personnel with the Federal Bureau of Investigation stage outside the apartment of Breonna Taylor as the agency executes a search warrant of the home in Louisville, Kentucky

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(Reuters) – The chief of police in Louisville, Kentucky said on Friday he intended to fire one of three officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed in a burst of gunfire when drug investigators mistakenly entered her home.

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was killed on March 13 after three officers entered her apartment bearing a “no-knock” arrest warrant that targeted the wrong house.

In a letter to Detective Brett Hankison posted on Twitter, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Robert Schroeder said he intended to fire the officer for violating standard operating procedures when he used deadly force upon entering the apartment.

“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,” Schroeder wrote. “I find your conduct a shock to the conscience.”

The River City Fraternal Order of Police, which represents LMPD officers, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Taylor’s death, along with the May 25 death of George Floyd while being held by Minneapolis police and other police killings of Black people, has become a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement and has sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

Schroeder’s letter informed Hankison that he would have the opportunity to seek counsel and provide “additional information or mitigating factors” before his termination was finalized.

Louisville police chief takes step to fire officer in Breonna Taylor shooting

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