LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer (D) has asked for a broader review of the sexual assault allegations against Louisville Metro Police Department Officer Brett Hankison, one of the three police officers inolved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor.
LMPD's Public Integrity Unit has already opened an investigation into the allegations separate from the Breonna Taylor case. Their investigation is now joined by the Ketucky Public Corruption/Civil Rights Task Force which consists of LMPD, Kentucky State Police and the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.
Fischer has also written the River City Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), a local police union, and demanded that Hankison be removed from his position on the Louisville Police Merit Board. Members of the FOP elected him to the board, which reviews any disciplinary appeals and consists of five civilians appointed by the mayor and two police officers elected by the FOP.
“Given the very serious allegations against him and investigations by the Attorney General and the FBI, it is profoundly inappropriate for him to be in this role,” Fischer said in his letter. “In the event the FOP does not act, we will work with the Metro Council and Jefferson County Attorney’s office to find other ways to remove him from the board.”
Until the matter is resolved, Fischer directed LMPD not to submit any cases to the Police Merit Board.