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The attorney for an officer fired in Breonna Taylor's death says termination was unfairly premature in appeal letter

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The attorney for Brett Hankison, one of the former officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, said in an appeal letter last week that the termination of his client was unfairly premature.

(CNN)The attorney for Brett Hankison, one of the former officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, said in an appeal letter last week that the termination of his client was unfairly premature.

Hankison is one of three officers involved in the shooting death of Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was shot eight times by police when they broke down the door to her Louisville apartment while executing a warrant in a narcotics investigation.

One day later, attorney David Leightty, who is representing Hankison, wrote an appeal letter to the Louisville Metro Police Department stating that his client shouldn't be punished until the facts of the case are in, noting that investigations by the Kentucky Attorney General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Kentucky State Police were incomplete.

"By Kentucky law, any police officer who is a part of a merit system police department that has been terminated, suspended or demoted and then files an appeal for that disciplinary action is entitled to an appeal," Dobbins said.

The suit also noted that officers should have called off their search of Taylor's apartment because a suspect police were looking for had been arrested at another location before the warrant had been executed.

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