Cop Involved in the Killing of Breonna Taylor Investigated for Sexual Assault
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has announced an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of two women against Officer Brett Hankison, one of the police officers involved in the shooting and killing of Breonna Taylor.
Taylor, a 26-year-old black paramedic, was asleep in her bed the night of March 13 when the police violently entered her home due to an illegal drug order. Her friend Kenneth Walker feared that someone would break into her apartment, opened fire on the door, and hit an officer by the leg. The police then shot more than 20 shots into the apartment, of which at least eight hit Taylor and killed her.
Her death made headlines nationwide when thousands took to the streets across the country to demand justice for her loss and countless other black lives. And now the two women, Margo Borders and Emily Terry, who allegedly sexually assaulted Hankison, have shared their stories on social media (read their stories below).
In an announcement last week, Mayor Fischer asked for a broader review of her allegations. While the Louisville Metro Police Department had previously initiated an investigation into the allegations, "They are also investigating this matter jointly under the auspices of the Kentucky Public Corruption / Civil Rights Task Force, which is made up of the FBI, LMPD, KSP and KY AG office", it says in a press release.
The announcement also says that Fischer has asked Hankison to be removed from the Louisville Police Merit Board. "Given the very serious allegations against him and the investigation by the Attorney General and the FBI, it is profoundly inappropriate for him to be in this role," the mayor wrote in a letter. "If the FOP does not act, we will work with the Metro Council and the Jefferson County Prosecutor to find other ways to remove him from the board."
Mayor Greg Fischer
There will be a more thorough investigation into Officer Hankison's sexual assault allegations, and I wrote to @ KYFOP614 and requested that he be removed from the Police Merit Board.
Mayor announces a more thorough investigation into allegations of sexual assault
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that he has asked for a more comprehensive investigation into allegations of sexual assault against LMPD official Brett Hankison. The LMPD's Department of Public Integrity had previously
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An LMPD spokesman told the Courier Journal, "We are aware of these areas and investigators are investigating the allegations. If anyone has information about these cases, we recommend that they call (502) 574-7144."
Two weeks ago, Margo Borders added the following to a Facebook post.
In April 2018 I went to a bar with some friends. I went to a shelter and a police officer, with whom I had often spoken in bars in St. Matthews, offered to drive me home. He drove me home in uniform in his marked car, invited me to my apartment and sexually assaulted me while I was passed out. It took me months to process what had happened and to realize that it wasn't my fault, and I didn't ask for it by allowing him to drive me home. I never reported him for fear of retaliation. I had no evidence of what happened and he got the upper hand because he was a policeman. Who do you call if the person who attacked you is a police officer? Who would you believe? I knew I wouldn't be. In March 2020, the same officer and two other people (John Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove) entered Breonna Taylor's house under an arrest warrant and regardless of the life of a man who was shot in 22 rounds while sleeping Breonna Taylor.
After that, Emily Terry spoke with another allegation of sexual assault against Hankison, this time via Instagram.
"This is Brett Hankison," she wrote, labeling a photo of the officer in his uniform. "In the early autumn I went home drunk from a bar. A policeman stopped next to me and offered to drive me home. I thought, 'Wow. That's so nice of him.' And got in willingly. He made sexual progress towards me, rubbed my thigh, kissed my forehead and called me "baby." Ashamed I didn't move. I continued to talk about my school experiences and ignored him as he drove to my apartment building I got out of the car and ran backwards. My friend reported this the next day, and of course none came of it. "
Terry went on to share her reaction to Hankison being one of the officers involved in Taylor's death. "Flash forward, I see his face. That face. Involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor," she wrote.
Taylor's death has sparked renewed interest in a federal lawsuit involving Hankison. According to the Courier Journal, Kendrick Wilson filed a lawsuit against Hankison in October 2019, claiming that he molested suspects by unnecessarily arresting and drugging them. Hankison denies all allegations in the lawsuit.
Wilson's lawsuit states that he was arrested three times by Hankison in bars in 2016 and 2018, where the official occasionally worked off-duty. They also reportedly interacted outside of arrests, "including relationships with the same woman."
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