BRETT Hankison, the Louisville cop facing charges in connection with Breonna Taylor's death was 'visibly shaking' with 'nervous energy' five days after Taylor was killed, a fellow cop has said.
Former Police Chief Steve Conrad also said he was initially told Breonna Taylor had pointed a rifle at cops, and was in fact the shooter.
Conrad told investigators that two police commanders, Lt. Col. Josh Judah and Lt. Les Skaggs, gave him an inaccurate version of Taylor’s role in the March 13 events.
The police on the scene of the deadly raid told Conrad Taylor had pointed a rifle at them after they entered the apartment.
“And she was the one directing the fire, you know, at them,” Conrad told the questioners, according to WDRB-TV.
Conrad said he was initially told that “the woman was in fact the shooter.”
According to the news station, the investigators, identified as Sgt. Amanda Seelye and Sgt. Jason Vance, did not push Conrad further about the inaccuracy.
Conrad later said it was Hankison who told him that a man, not a woman, had fired at police, the transcript said.
“I wrote that down later because that was 100%, you know, contradictory of what I had heard from (Judah) and what I had heard from Skaggs," he said.
"I was concerned at this point about this conflicting information.”
Conrad, who was fired because the raid officers were reportedly not recording body-camera footage of the raid, said he bumped into Hankison at the hospital days after the incident.
It is not clear why Hankison was at the hospital, but another officer, Sgt Jonathan Mattingly had been taken there after being wounded in the raid, according to WDRB-TV.
Conrad told investigators that he thought it was unusual Hankison was there, instead of being with the police's Public Integrity unit, who normally meet with officers involved in shootings.
“It’s just so contrary from what I’ve seen in previous officer-involved shootings,” Conrad said in the March interview, a transcript of which WDRB obtained.
Conrad offered Hankison his support, believing the officer – who has since been fired – was worried about losing his job.
“Man, I hope you’re OK,” Conrad told him. “You know, we’ll work through this.”
Conrad added Hankison was "visibly shaking".
“You know, not kinda – not scared – not scared but that – that kind of nervous sort of energy that you have after – after something traumatic, you know, happens.”
Taylor was shot dead by police at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13.
The frontline medic, who worked for two local hospitals, had no criminal history.
Her mother, Tamika Palmer, said of her daughter: “She had a whole plan on becoming a nurse and buying a house and then starting a family.
"Breonna had her head on straight, and she was a very decent person.”
She added: "Breonna just loved life, and people gravitated towards her. She lit up a room and had this aura about herself."
Three months after Taylor was killed, her name has been chanted all over the country – and the world – at mass protests against alleged police brutality, which erupted after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
The hashtag #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor has also been shared widely on social media, encouraging people to sign a petition calling for the police officers involved to be arrested and charged.
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