Louisville Hires Ex-Atlanta Chief, Fires Two in Taylor Death

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Two more officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor were fired—a detective believed to have fired the fatal shot and another who sought the search warrant that led to the deadly raid, the Associated Press reports. The announcement came after officials said former Atlanta police chief Erika Shields would take over the Louisville Police Department after months of unrest over Taylor’s death. Shields served in Atlanta for 25 years, including more than three years as chief. She resigned in June after Atlanta officers fatally shot a Black man named Rayshard Brooks in a restaurant parking lot. Detectives Myles Cosgrove, who shot Taylor, and Joshua Jaynes, who sought the warrant for the March 13 drug raid, were told of their firings on Tuesday. Officer Brett Hankison was fired in September after being indicted on charges of endangering Taylor’s neighbors by firing bullets that went through her home into an adjacent apartment.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency medical technician, was killed as officers attempted to serve a no-knock search warrant. None of the three white officers who fired into her home was charged by a grand jury in her death. Investigators said Cosgrove fired 16 rounds into the apartment after police breached the front door and Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot at them. Interim Police Chief Yvette Gentry wrote that the detective violated  use-of-force policies for firing 16 shots without identifying a target and for not activating his body camera. Shields will be the fourth person to lead police in Kentucky’s largest city since Taylor was shot. “I commit to begin my work here with a focus on rebuilding community trust, trust that I believe was already eroding prior to Breonna Taylor’s killing,” Shields said. She pledged to tackle gun violence in the city, which had a record 173 homicides in 2020.

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