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Cop Involved In Breonna Taylor’s Death Accused Of Sexual Assault By Two Women
“Who do you call when the person who assaulted you is a police officer? Who were they going to believe? I knew it wouldn’t be me,” one of Brett Hankison’s alleged victims posted on social media last week.
Police confirmed they’re investigating newly surfaced sexual assault accusations against one of the officers accused in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.
Brett Hankison, one of three Louisville police officers named in the shooting of the black EMT responder in her home, has been accused of sexual assault by two separate women on social media.
Louisville Metro Police confirmed the initial steps have been taken to “conduct an investigation,” according to a report by PEOPLE.
The two victims leveled the allegations last week on social media. Both insisted that Hankison had driven them home and sexually assaulted after a night of drinking.
“He drove me home in uniform, in his marked car, invited himself into my apartment and sexually assaulted me while I was unconscious,” Margo Borders posted on Facebook on June 4.
Borders alleged the incident occurred in April 2018. For years, she claimed she was traumatized and remained silent out of fear.
“It took me months to process what had happened and to realize that it wasn’t my fault and I didn’t ask for that to happen by allowing him to give me a ride home,” she wrote. “I never reported him out of fear of retaliation. I had no proof of what happened and he had the upper hand because he was a police officer. Who do you call when the person who assaulted you is a police officer? Who were they going to believe? I knew it wouldn’t be me.”
She also called Hankison “a predator of the worst kind,” in a statement obtained by the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Emily Terry also shared a similar story on Instagram. She claimed Hankison spotted her walking home intoxicated and offered to give her a ride in late 2019.
“He began making sexual advances towards me; rubbing my thigh, kissing my forehead, and calling me ‘baby,’ Terry wrote. “Mortified, I did not move. I continued to talk about my grad school experiences and ignored him. As soon as he pulled up to my apartment building, I got out of the car and ran to the back.”
The woman claimed the incident was reported to law enforcement, but didn’t specify which police agency. She added that “nothing came from it.” Her post has since received hundreds of thousands of likes.
Taylor was fatally shot after police opened fire inside her apartment, supposedly by mistake. The 26-year-old, who had been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, was struck by eight bullets and later died. Police allegedly entered the home on a no-knock search warrant while attempting to locate another individual, but were in fact in the wrong home.
Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, and Officer Myles Cosgrove were placed on administrative leave following the incident. Taylor's family has filed a lawsuit against the three men.
Last year, Hankison was accused of planting drugs on and unnecessarily arresting a man he had a “vendetta” against, the Courier-Journal also reported. The individual, Kendrick Wilson, described the narcotics detective as a “dirty cop” in a federal lawsuit filed in 2019. The lawsuit also suggested both men had “a relationship with the same woman,” according to the newspaper. The case is still pending. Hankison has denied the accusations.