One of the cops involved in Breonna Taylor’s death is fired

BREAKING NEWS: Louisville PD FIRES one of the three cops involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing as Kentucky AG says he is still considering charges

  • Officer Brett Hankison has been fired from the Lousiville Police Department
  • Mayor Greg Fischer would not say why he had been fired and the two others hadn’t 
  • Hankison along with Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrave entered Taylor’s apartment in March and opened fire when her boyfriend shot first
  • They were in plain clothes and claimed to be carrying out a ‘no knock’ warrant
  • None have been charged despite growing calls from the public for them to be arrested  

One of the three cops involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing has been fired, the Lousiville Mayor announced on Friday, but the Kentucky Attorney General is still weighing whether or not to bring charges. 

Brett Hankison – who had previously been accused of sexual assault on the job – has been fired. 

The other two cops –  Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrave – have not been fired. 

The Mayor refused to say why Hankison had been fired over the other two. 

It came after the Kentucky AG said on Thursday that he was still investigating the case and that he hadn’t yet decided on charges.

Taylor, 26, was shot dead in March when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her apartment in Louisville.

The officers said they were investigating drugs offenses and that Taylor’s boyfriend opened fire on them when they entered.

Hankison was one of three cops involved in Taylor's death in March

Brett Hankison has been fired, the Louisville Mayor announced on Friday. Hankison was one of three cops involved in Taylor’s death in March

Her family say neither she – a hardworking EMT – nor her boyfriend used drugs and that he fired his gun because he thought the three plain clothes officers were intruders. 

AG Daniel Cameron said his office had still not yet decided on whether or not charges should be brought. 

‘Our office is undertaking a thorough and fair investigation. 

‘We are working around the clock to follow the law to the truth. everyone involved in this case deserves nothing less.

‘An investigation of this magnitude requires time and patience…however I can assure you, that at the end of our investigation, we will do what is right. We will find the truth,’ he said.

When asked about the letter that was addressed to him by Beyonce which demanded transparency in the case, he said it meant nothing more to him that it came from a celebrity than a member of the public, and that he is committed to justice.  

‘Whether it’s a celebrity or Kentuckian or any interested party. 

‘I take great care and concern in every letter we receive and completely understand the interest surrounding his case.

‘It doesn’t matter who sends me a piece of mail, it won’t have any bearing on the case. 

‘Our responsibility is to the facts and the law.’ he said.

Earlier this week, Louisville PD  released a heavily redacted incident report which said she had no injuries despite her having been shot eight times and found in a pool of blood, according to witnesses.  

'Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly

Officer Myles Cosgrove

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove remai9n employed. They were carrying out a ‘no knock’ warrant which was in relation to a drug investigation 

Now, the family says the city is deliberately ignoring subpoenas for records relating to her death that were requested as part of a lawsuit filed by Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer, in April.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, Ben Crump – who is also representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery, the unarmed 26-year-old shot dead by two white vigilantes in Georgia – said the city is refusing to turn over subpoenaed records.  

Friday marked a deadline for the coroner’s office to hand over Breonna’s autopsy along with its communications with the government, and for the police to to hand over personnel files and sign in and out sheets for the three cops involved. 

Mayor Greg Fischer was also due to hand over all communications he’d had in relation to her death, Crump said. 

But none of the documents have been handed over and, Crump claims, Mayor Fischer directed the departments to only give them to the city’s lawyers and not Breonna’s family’s.