A Louisville corrections officer was fired after appearing in a video mocking police and the death of Breonna Taylor

A Kentucky correctional officer has been fired after appearing in a fake Louisville police recruitment video, referencing the death of Breonna Taylor and asking, “Do you want to kill people and be able to get away with it?”

Turhan Knight, an officer with the Louisville Metro Corrections Department since 2018, was fired Thursday after the video surfaced, Corrections Department Maj. Darrell Goodlett said.

In the video, Knight appeared to impersonate a Louisville Metro Police officer and walked among patrol vehicles saying, “I’m trying to mend broken relationships, and bro, we need you. .”

“We need backup, answer the call, be part of a big, big police department. No matter what happened to Breonna Taylor, we killed that b—-,” he said.

Taylor, a 26-year-old black medical worker, was fatally shot in a botched police raid of her Louisville apartment in March 2020. Her death sparked nationwide protests denouncing police brutality, and four officers have been charged by the federal government for violating his civil rights this month. .

“Do you want to drive vehicles like this? And fly in airplanes? Do you want to be able to have unlimited hours of rest? Do you want to be able to support your family? Do you want to kill people and be able to get away with it? Join the Louisville Metro Police Department,” Knight continued in the video.

The Corrections Department learned of the clip early last week and confirmed the video to NBC News.

Director Jerry Collins “was disgusted by the content of the video and moved as quickly as possible to end Knight. Knight’s behavior is unacceptable and does not reflect the professionalism and spirit of service we seek at LMDC,” Goodlett said.

Mayor Greg Fischer called the video “hideous” and said Knight “was fired immediately.”

“There is no excuse for his callousness. He brought Metro Corrections and the entire Louisville Metro government to shame,” Fischer said in a statement to Louisville’s NBC affiliate WAVE.

“I deeply apologize to the family of Breonna Taylor and to all of the hardworking and ethical employees of the Louisville Metropolitan Government. No one person will tarnish the good work we attempt to do on behalf of our residents.”

Knight apologized for the clip, which he said the station was made on Aug. 18. He said he sent his resignation letter to the department two weeks ago after accepting another job.

“I understand the video was insensitive, and I’m deeply remorseful that I even made it,” Knight said.

Knight could not be reached for comment via email or phone by NBC News. Several phone numbers listed for him have been disconnected.

Daniel Johnson, the president of the union that represents Louisville corrections officers, said the union would not appeal Knight’s dismissal, saying: “There is no place in public service for anyone who would do anything wrong. ‘so insensitive.”

“We believe the termination was absolutely justified and was the right decision. Knight’s views and opinions on LMPD do not reflect those of FOP Lodge 77. There will be no FOP appeal of his termination, and we are pleased to see the department take swift action to terminate his employment,” he said.

Johnson confirmed that Knight had submitted a resignation letter.

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