Was Justice Served?
On March 13th, Breonna Taylor, an ER technician, was shot and killed in her apartment by multiple police officers. The death was shocking and sent waves through the civil rights movement as well as local authorities.
An investigation was penned up and prosecution against the officers moved forward rather quickly. Now, on June 19th 2020, one officer involved, Brett Hankison, is being fired from the police force. Accused of blindly firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment, and being marked as a gross neglect of conscience.
Brett Hankinson, one of the officers who murdered #BreonnaTaylor and who’s been accused of sexually assaulting two women, is a member of the Louisville Police Merit Board, which reviews police officer disciplinary appeals.
The officers who murdered Breonna must be arrested *NOW* pic.twitter.com/iTIJVmE13o
— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) June 11, 2020
Robert Schroeder, the interim chief of the Louisville PD, had some pretty candid words for Hankison at the time of his conviction.
“I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion. The result of your action seriously impedes the Department’s goal of providing the citizens of our city with the most professional law enforcement agency possible. I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department. Your conduct demands your termination.”
A Sign of Nothing Changing?
It should go without saying, that this is probably just the tip of the iceberg. Reactions to the firing are a little bit one sided, as many believe that he should be tried for more extreme measures. Hankison was only fired and charged with reckless use of deadly force. Which means that he will walk free at the end of day.
Unfortunately, Hankison was allegedly to have been guilty of even more. While there is no hard proof of his other allegations, it is still distressing to see it so carelessly tossed aside.
While it does appear that justice was done, the public doesn’t seem to share that opinion. Brett Hankison is only one of four after all, so it will be rather sad if this does not become more common.
As protests, riots and demands for justice rage throughout the world, this news may not go over particularly well. When officers involved in George Floyd’s death are being tried for murder, manslaughter and accomplice to murder. One would have happened that the case for Breonna Taylor would’ve received the same treatment.