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Ex-officer charged in Breonna Taylor raid sued over sexual assault allegation

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

"The former Louisville officer charged with endangering Breonna Taylor's neighbors in the March police raid that left her dead has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a woman in April 2018.

Brett Hankison, who was fired from the department after the police chief at the time accused him of 'blindly' firing into Taylor's apartment from outside, is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in relation to shots that traveled into a neighboring unit. He has pleaded not guilty.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, a woman who says she knew Hankison through a mutual friend accuses him of sexually assaulting her after he gave her a ride home from the Louisville bar where he was working a security job. The suit said the woman, who was a law student at the time, was intoxicated and had fallen asleep in her bedroom when Hankison assaulted her. She said she regained consciousness and yelled for Hankison to get off her. The woman said Hankison later sent her a message on social media suggesting the assault was consensual.