Friday would have been Breonna Taylor's 27th birthday. Nearly three months after Louisville police fatally shot Taylor in her apartment — a crowd of at least 1,000 gathered on her birthday to celebrate her. Ref. USAToday.
Louisville police is firing officer Brett Hankison, one of three involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. In one of the first major moves in the Breonna Taylor case, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Friday that the police department is initiating termination of officer Brett Hankison. Taylor was shot by officers at her South Louisville apartment on March 13. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot as officers entered to serve a no-knock warrant, thinking they were intruders. Taylor was shot eight times in the ensuing gunfire from officers. Ref. USAToday.
Louisville police have fired officer Brett Hankison for his role in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. Interim Chief Robert Schroeder wrote in a letter Tuesday that Hankison showed "Extreme indifference to the value of human life" and that his use of deadly force was improper because he failed to verify it was directed against someone who posed an immediate threat. Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who worked as an emergency room technician, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police in her apartment on March 13. Ref. USAToday.
City of Louisville agrees to 'substantial' settlement in Breonna Taylor shooting. Louisville's metro government is expected to announce a "Substantial" financial settlement Tuesday with the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago, The Courier Journal has learned. The deal is expected to include several policing reforms, including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before they go to a judge. Ref. USAToday.
'We are in shock': Protesters start marching in Louisville; Ky. Attorney general says officers were 'justified' in Breonna Taylor shooting. After a former Louisville police officer was indicted for shooting into a neighboring apartment in the Breonna Taylor case, protesters immediately started marching in downtown Louisville. Here are the latest updates. Ref. USAToday.
A Kentucky grand jury announced one Louisville police officer will be charged in Breonna Taylor’s death; two other cops won’t face charges. A Kentucky grand jury decided Wednesday that former detective Brett Hankison, one of three Louisville officers involved in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, will face criminal charges. The announcement comes after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office presented its findings to the jury earlier this week. Taylor, a 26-year-old ER tech, was struck by officers’ fire five times and died in the hallway of her apartment. Her death has sparked more than 125 days of protest in Louisville as well as national outrage and calls for the officers involved to be fired or charged. Source 4e.
Exclusive: Breonna Taylor shooting 'had nothing to do with race,' officer says. A Louisville, Kentucky, officer at the center of the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor said her death is a tragedy — but it shouldn't be lumped in with the slayings of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery that have sparked protests from coast to coast. Jonathan Mattingly, the Louisville Metro Police sergeant who was shot in the same attempted drug raid that cost Taylor her life, spoke exclusively to The Courier Journal — part of the USA TODAY Network Ref. USAToday.