One of the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's shooting death was fired for "blindly" firing 10 rounds into her apartment.
On Friday, the Louisville Metro Police Department announced the termination of Officer Brett Hankison for displaying "an extreme indifference to the value of human life" when he "wantonly and blindly" opened fire inside Taylor's apartment on March 13, while executing a no-knock warrant in search of a drug dealer who was already in custody.
"You used deadly force by blindly firing ten rounds into Breonna Taylor's apartment without supporting facts that your deadly force was directed at a person (who) posed an immediate threat of danger or serious injury to yourself or others," police chief Robert Schroeder said in a letter advising Hankison of his termination.
“In fact, the ten rounds you fired were into a patio door and window which were covered with material that completely prevented you from verifying any person as an immediate threat or more importantly any innocent persons present," the chief wrote.
"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion,” the chief added.
The LMPD shared the letter on Twitter.com on Friday.
Taylor, 26, and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, 27 were asleep in bed when three officers broke down their front door.
Walker grabbed his firearm and shot at the officers, believing they were home invaders. Taylor was shot eight times in the ensuing chaos.
"Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend," a distraught Walker said in a 911 call.
Walker was not injured in the shootout but he was arrested and charged with attempted murder. All charges against him were later dropped and he was released.
Two other officers who discharged their weapons -- Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove -- are still on the police force.
No arrests were announced.
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Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old Black man who was shot by an Atlanta police officer, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.
Brooks was gunned down in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police late Friday night.
The incident began when police responded to a report that a man was asleep in a car in the Wendy's drive-thru lane. His car was blocking other cars in the drive-thru lane.
Police body cam video shows Brooks having a polite conversation with one of the officers. After failing a field sobriety test, he asked if he could park his car and walk to his sister's house a short distance away, but his request was denied.
Police attempted to cuff Brooks but he resisted and a struggle ensued between the three men.
Brooks was able to wrest a taser away from one of the cops and flee on foot. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at a pursuing officer who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.
The officer who fired his weapon was fired on Saturday after officials viewed the boy cam footage and determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.
His partner was assigned to desk duty while the investigation into the officer-involved shooting continues.
Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned and her resignation was accepted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday.
Protesters demonstrated peacefully outside the Wendy's restaurant on Saturday. But paid agitators in the crowd burned the restaurant to the ground overnight Sunday.
The Atlanta Police Dept. is offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of a Caucasian woman who allegedly set the blaze that torched the restaurant.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement on Sunday:
"Today, members of my staff had the unfortunate duty of witnessing the autopsy of Mr. Brooks as part of our continued investigation.
Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we are able to reach a decision. That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner,” according to the DA’s statement."
So far, no arrests have been made in the murder of Mr. Brooks.
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Kobe Bryant's wife Vanessa Bryant is reportedly "devastated" that LA County deputies shared photos of her family members' mangled bodies on their cell phones.
Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna Bryant, 13, were killed along with seven others in a helicopter crash in the hills of Calabasas in January.
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The helicopter erupted into flames immediately upon impact with the hillside. The nine bodies were crushed and burned beyond recognition.
The Los Angeles Times reported that deputies shared graphic images of the remains at the crash site.
At least nine emergency responders took pictures of the remains on their cell phones. One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he saw photos on the phone of an LA County official who was not at the crash site on Jan. 26.
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Vanessa's attorney, Gray Robb, released a statement early Sunday morning that said Vanessa was "absolutely devastated" by the allegations.
On the day of the crash, Vanessa went to the sheriff's office to personally request that the area be designated a no-fly zone to protect the scene from airborne paparazzi, according to Robb's statement.
Robb added that Vanessa made the request to protect the dignity of all the victims and their families.
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On Monday, the LA County Sheriff released a statement saying the graphic photos were "deleted" from all cell phones on the sheriff's orders.
An insider source said deputies were told if they come clean and delete the photos from their phones, they would not face discipline.
But other sources within the sheriff's office said the sheriff's decision to destroy all of the photos could amount to the destruction of evidence.
Vanessa will need the photos in case she decides to file a lawsuit against the county and the sheriff's office.
The mother of Atatiana Jefferson, the woman who was shot and killed by a Fort Worth, Texas cop, has died.
Yolanda Carr died early Thursday at her home following a long illness.
"We just learned Yolanda Carr, the mother of #AtatianaJefferson, passed away in her home early Thursday morning, the family's attorney Lee Merritt tweeted on Thursday.
Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was shot and killed by ex-police officer Aaron Dean who responded to a welfare check at Carr's home on Oct. 12.
Dean, 35, shot Jefferson through a bedroom window when she looked out to investigate a noise in the backyard. Carr was hospitalized and not at home when her daughter was killed.
On Dec. 20, a Grand Jury indicted Dean on a murder charge. He was terminated by the Fort Worth Police Department prior to the indictment.
Carr's death comes two months after her stepfather, Marquis Jefferson, passed away. Marquis filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson family to prevent them from holding Atatiana's funeral without inviting him.
Family spokesman Bruce Carter said Marquis Jefferson died of a broken heart.
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A Los Angeles police union will not defend a LAPD cop who was caught fondling a dead woman's breasts.
On Dec. 4, the union that represents LAPD officers released a statement, saying the union "will not defend an officer accused of fondling the breasts of a dead woman."
The cop was placed on leave after video footage from his body camera showed him abusing a corpse. The footage was viewed during a random check of body cameras.
According to CBS local affiliate KCAL9 News, nearly two weeks ago, the accused cop and his partner, both male, responded to a 911 call that a dead body was found inside of a residence.
The officers confirmed the woman was deceased and one cop left the residence to retrieve paperwork from a patrol car.
While his partner was outside, the accused cop turned off his body cam and then “inappropriately touched the woman's body," LAPD officials confirmed.
The cop was caught because body cameras have a two-minute buffer, meaning they capture two minutes of footage before the devices are activated.
According to KCAL9, the officer turned in his body camera at the end of his shift. The camera was then stored with thousands of other cameras.
The officer in charge of checking video footage from the cameras randomly picked up a camera off the shelf and viewed its content.
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Chicago Police Dept. Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep in his car. Lightfoot announced Johnson's termination during a press conference on Monday, Dec. 2.
Johnson, who was promoted to Superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years.
According to published reports, Johnson was found sleeping at the wheel of his car around 12:30 a.m. on Oct. 17. He told police that he was on his way home after dining with friends and he pulled over because he felt tired.
Lightfoot said he later told her that he'd had a "few drinks" at dinner that night and that the alcohol reacted with medication he had taken.
She said surveillance footage proved Johnson had been deliberately misleading with investigators and he lied about where he'd been and what he had been doing.
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The mayor said she would not reveal where he had been to "protect his wife and children." She said his behavior was "unbecoming" of his position. Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured right) were married in 2017.
In early November Johnson announced his intention to retire at the end of the year during a news conference with the mayor at police headquarters.
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But sources say Lightfoot, a Democrat who is openly homosexual, had it in for Johnson and his police department after they investigated openly homosexual Empire actor Jussie Smollet for lying about a racial attack.
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A former Atlanta police officer robbed Cobb County hotel guests while wearing his full police uniform and badge, authorities say.
Justin Thorne was arrested and charged with multiple felonies in connection with an armed robbery at a Comfort Inn and Suites off Windy Hill Road in Cobb County, Ga, Channel 2 Action News reports.
Thorne was captured on the hotel's surveillance cameras in the hallway outside the room of 2 hotel guests visiting from Arkansas on Oct. 17.
Thorne was dressed in full police uniform, including a bulletproof vest, hat, a gun belt and a police badge, according to WSB-TV.
The 22-year-old officer forced the hotel guests to hand over $800 in cash and an iPhone worth $700.
Thorne joined the Atlanta Police Department in 2017 and worked as a patrol officer on the city's southeast side until earlier this year when he resigned.
According to documents obtained by WSB-TV, in September Thorne was the subject of an investigation into allegations that he took payment from a suspect to make an outstanding warrant go away.
"When Thorne was asked by OPS to make a statement about the allegation, he chose to abruptly resign on October 1," according to the APD's Office of Professional Standards.
Cobb County Police are trying to determine if there are other victims.
A NYPD detective who allegedly leaked actor Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s mugshot to an entertainment website has reportedly been stripped of his gun and badge.
According to the New York Post's Page Six, NYPD detective Josh Ulan was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on administrative duty on Tuesday.
The decorated sex crimes detective is accused of providing Gooding's mugshot to Atlanta-based website Rolling Out following Gooding's arrest on groping allegations in June.
Gooding, 51, was arrested on June 13 on charges of misdemeanor forcible touching and sexual abuse stemming from an allegation by a woman who claims he groped her while she served drinks at a bar in Times Square.
A new video published by TMZ shows the alleged groping incident at TAO nightclub in Times Square.
The "Jerry Maguire" star has since been indicted on a number of criminal charges in connection with three women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Ulan, 49, joined the NYPD in 1992. He is noted for his involvement in the arrest of Peter Braunstein, who posed as a firefighter on Halloween 2005 and sexually abused a woman for 13 hours.
"The NYPD's Special Victims Division is committed to doing everything possible to ensure survivors of sexual assault feel the safety and support needed to come forward, bravely share their experiences, and help the NYPD bring to justice those who have committed these horrific crimes," Devora Kaye, the department’s acting deputy commissioner of public information, told the publication in the statement.
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Aaron Dean, the former Fort Worth, Texas officer who shot 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her own home was bonded out of jail by the police union.
A union official posted 10% of Dean's $200,000 bond on Monday night, less than four hours after he was handcuffed and charged with murder.
Dean, 34, resigned from the force on Monday morning before he could be fired. His resignation is officially listed as a dishonorable discharge.
Dean and another cop responded to a non-emergency call from a neighbor around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday to conduct a welfare check at Jefferson's home because her front door was left open.
The Fort Worth Police Department said the two officers saw someone near a window inside the home and one of the cops drew his weapon and fired because he perceived a threat.
But body cam video shows Dean already had his gun drawn when he approached Jefferson's bedroom window shouting, "Put your hands up! Show me your hands!".
Dean did not give Jefferson enough time to respond to his demands to show her hands.
"Nobody looked at this video and said that there's any doubt that this officer acted inappropriately," said Interim Police Chief Ed Kraus during a press conference to announce Dean's resignation on Monday.
Kraus said, even if Jefferson had a gun in her hand, the mere fact she had a gun shouldn't be considered unusual in Texas.
Texas has had a "castle doctrine" law on the books since 2007 that gives homeowners the right to protect their home with deadly force.
Kraus said he submitted the case to the FBI for a federal investigation. Dean was arrested hours later and charged with murder.
Jefferson was caring for her 8-year-old nephew in her mother's home the night she was killed. Her mother is hospitalized and was not at home at the time of the shooting.
Jefferson worked in pharmaceutical equipment sales and was considering going to medical school, according to the family’s lawyer, S. Lee Merritt.
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