The 26-year-old woman was shot dead in her home during a false search by three police officers.
The mayor of Louisville, in the center of the United States, announced this Friday the dismissal of an agent implied in the death of Breonna Taylor , a black woman killed by the police in her apartment in March.
“Unfortunately, due to a legal provision which I would like to see amended, the chief of police and I have no right to disclose what led us” to initiate the dismissal procedure for Brett Hankison, said the mayor Greg Fisher in a press release.
This is the first sanction since the death of Breonna Taylor, whose name is one of those chanted for weeks by protesters who demand throughout the United States the end of police violence against African Americans.
“It’s a start, but it’s not enough: we cannot stop until the agents involved in the murder of Breonna have been charged,” tweeted Senator Kamala Harris, candidate’s running mate. White House Democrat Joe Biden.
Today, I'm announcing that @LMPD Chief Schroeder is initiating termination procedures against Officer Brett Hankison. https://t.co/jyEfQASKMD— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) June 19, 2020
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old paramedic, was at home with her partner when three police officers knocked on the door without warning, according to the family lawyer. The officers, equipped with a search warrant, were acting on an erroneous wanted poster concerning a suspect who no longer lived in the building and who was already detained. They hit the young woman with at least eight bullets, the lawyer said.
According to local media, Courier Journal, the local police chief wrote to Constable Hankison accusing him of having fired a dozen shots “indiscriminately”.