Former Louisville Cop Involved In Killing Of Breonna Taylor Sued For Sexual Assault
Written by Black Voices on November 12, 2020
Former Louisville, Kentucky, police officer Brett Hankison, certainly one of three cops concerned within the loss of life of Breonna Taylor, is being sued by a lady who says Hankison used his energy as a police officer to prey on and later sexually assault her in 2018.
In March of this 12 months, Hankison, together with Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove, executed a “no-knock” warrant into Taylor’s house. She was shot at the very least seven instances by police and bled out in her house whereas her boyfriend Kenneth Walker seemed on. Though Hankison was fired and faces prison expenses, Mattingly and Cosgrove are on administrative depart and nonetheless employed by the pressure.
Though Hankison was charged in reference to the incident, it wasn’t for Taylor’s loss of life: He was indicted on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for photographs fired right into a neighboring house.
This week, Margo Borders, a Kentucky resident and legislation faculty pupil, accused Hankison, 44, of “willfully, deliberately, painfully and violently” sexually assaulting her after an evening out at a neighborhood bar known as the Tin Roof in April 2018, in line with the lawsuit. The go well with, filed by the identical attorneys representing Taylor’s household, additionally names former Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad and 5 different legislation enforcement officers as defendants, alleging that they constantly did not intervene or punish Hankison for rampant misconduct.
The lawsuit lays out a sample of misbehavior, alleging that Hankison repeatedly used his badge and uniform to harass and sexually assault intoxicated girls on the Tin Roof, the place he labored a second job as safety. Hankison “routinely recognized intoxicated younger girls, put them in his automobile whereas in uniform and left the premises with them whereas already starting to have interaction in seen misconduct,” the go well with states.
“Our shopper, Margo, felt that it was essential to come back ahead and pursue justice, and maintain Brett accountable,” lawyer Lonita Baker instructed ABC Information. “He used his uniform and badge to focus on unsuspecting girls whom he knew have been in a doable state the place they might not consent and took benefit of them. It’s disgusting.”
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Hankison was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Division in June after his involvement within the killing of Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT. The officer, who already had an extended record of misconduct points in line with Borders’ go well with, had displayed “an excessive indifference to the worth of human life,” Police Chief Robert Schroeder mentioned in Hankison’s termination letter.
A number of girls described Hankison’s predatory habits in testimonials included within the lawsuit. Based on the go well with, he would “spot younger girls which match his sort; construct belief with them by way of legislation enforcement standing; add the ladies as associates to social media accounts; determine the ladies when they’re on the bar in a susceptible or intoxicated state; take the ladies dwelling as their designated driver in a police uniform; make advances in direction of the ladies; sexually pursue the ladies and, if they don’t consent or are in any other case incapable of consenting, sexually assault them.”
Borders alleges that Hankison adopted this actual playbook in assaulting her. She says Hankison used social media to domesticate a friendship together with her in 2017, and the 2 turned pleasant. Borders, who was in a relationship on the time, usually gave Hankison recommendation on relationship points he was having along with his then-girlfriend. In April 2018, Borders was hanging out with Hankison on the Tin Roof whereas he was working safety. When the bar closed, Hankison, who was sober, supplied Borders a trip dwelling as a result of she had grow to be intoxicated.
“Margo’s intention was to take an Uber dwelling, however Hankison insisted upon giving her a trip,” the lawsuit states. “Margo had no objections to a trip dwelling from a police officer. She wouldn’t must pay for an Uber and felt protected with an officer ensuring she bought dwelling safely.”
Who do you name when the one that assaulted you is a police officer? Who have been they going to imagine? I knew it wouldn’t be me. Margo Borders
The go well with alleges that Hankinson invited himself in when the 2 arrived at Borders’ house. As Hankinson sat on the sofa, she went to vary garments however fell asleep. Based on the lawsuit, Hankison then went to Borders’ room and sexually assaulted her, leaving her “in super bodily ache.” Later within the day, Hankison messaged Borders and tried to “recommend that the 2 had engaged in consensual relations,” in line with the go well with.
This summer season, amid protests towards police brutality nationwide, Borders and a number of other different girls publicly accused Hankison of utilizing his badge to commit sexual misconduct.
“I by no means reported him out of concern of retaliation. I had no proof of what occurred and he had the higher hand as a result of he was a police officer,” Borders wrote on Fb in June. “Who do you name when the one that assaulted you is a police officer? Who have been they going to imagine? I knew it wouldn’t be me.”
Administration for the Tin Roof, which is accused of “negligent supervision” within the go well with, confirmed in a Wednesday assertion that Hankison was certainly one of a “rotating group of off-duty law enforcement officials” who labored safety for the bar. Hankison was fired from the Tin Roof this spring, round two years after he allegedly assaulted Borders.
“We really feel there may be an obligation to offer a secure atmosphere for visitors as they enter and exit the venue and would by no means intentionally put the protection of our patrons in danger particularly by these contracted to serve and shield,” the Tin Roof assertion reads. “We discover the allegations to be reprehensible, and our firm doesn’t tolerate abuse of energy or discrimination in any type.”
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