It turns out you can’t just bust into a woman’s house while she’s sleeping and shoot her dead — no, not even if she’s Black and you’re a cop. Dare we say it? Black lives matter.
Let’s not get too carried away, though. Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer just announced Friday that one of the officers who shot Breonna Taylor will have to settle for killing Black women in the private sector. According to his termination letter, Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison “violated procedure” when he fired 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment while executing a BS “no-knock warrant.”
Louisville Police Chief Rob Schroeder also claims that Hankison “violated procedure” — or if you’re not a cop, “murdered someone” — when he “used deadly force without knowing the force was directed at a person who posed an immediate threat.” The door and window that Hankison shot through were covered (as folks do when they’re sleeping), so he had no idea what he was shooting. He could’ve killed a child, which some cops have already done during their no-knock “surprise visits.”