Jennifer Lawrence goes public on Twitter, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor
Jun 20 2020
Police Chief Rob Schroeder said that Hankison "displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life" when he shot Taylor, as NPR member station WFPL reported.
"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience", Schroeder wrote to Hankison, who, according to the letter, had previously been disciplined for "reckless conduct that injured (an) innocent person". Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was home with her at the time of the raid, fired at officers in self-defense and was charged with attempted murder of a police officer. "I can not tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department". The trio served a warrant at Taylor's home on March 13, as part of a drug investigation.
A memorandum (pdf) from the Louisville Metro Police Department announced Hankison's firing on Friday.
He concluded that the detective has "never been trained by the Louisville Metro Police Department to use deadly force in this fashion", and his "actions have brought discredit upon yourself in the department" and "severely damaged the image of our Department we have established within our community". The cops returned fire, and Taylor was fatally shot eight times.
"Your conduct demands your termination", Schroeder continued.
The 29-year-old actress, who was born and raised in Kentucky, called on Attorney General Daniel Cameron to take immediate action and hold those responsible for Taylor's death accountable for brutally killing her. "Mr. Cameron, the longer you wait to bring criminal charges against officers Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, the more trust erodes".
"For three months since her murder Breonna Taylor's family, the people of Louisville, Americans across the country, and many around the world have called out for justice", Lawrence, 29, wrote.