Nov. 11 (UPI) — The previous Louisville, Ky., police officer charged with endangering Breonna Taylor’s neighbors on the night time she was shot and killed by police has been accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a lady in April 2018.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Jefferson County Circuit Courtroom alleges former Louisville Metro Police Detective Brett Hankison sexually assaulted a lady after leveraging his badge and uniform to type a friendship along with her.
The swimsuit states that the lady knew Hankison by way of a mutual good friend and that he assaulted her as she fell asleep in her bed room after he gave her a trip residence from a Louisville bar the place he was working a safety job.
It additional states that she yelled at Hankison to get off of her after regaining consciousness and that she stated Hankison later despatched her a message on social media suggesting the assault was consensual.
The girl was left “bodily injured, mentally horrified and remained in excessive emotional duress over each the assault and the sensation that any efforts made to carry officer Hankison accountable for his actions would backfire,” the swimsuit states.
Lonita Baker, a lawyer representing the lady, instructed ABC Information her consumer “felt that it was needed to come back ahead and pursue justice and maintain Brett accountable.”
The lawsuit alleges that Hankison exhibited a sample of comparable conduct focusing on unsuspecting girls and comprises statements from different girls who stated Hankison supplied them rides from bars he labored at earlier than making undesirable sexual advances.
“Brett Hankison is a 44-year-old sexual predator. For years, he has used his police uniform and secondary night time membership employment as mechanisms to prey on harmless girls who’re twenty years youthful than him,” it states.
In September, Hankison pleaded not responsible to 3 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment associated to bullets he fired by way of a sliding glass door and bed room window, a few of which pierced the wall of a neighboring house endangering three folks, together with a toddler and a pregnant girl who lived subsequent door, on the night time Taylor was shot and killed.
The 2 different officers concerned within the capturing, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, weren’t indicted.