A corrections officer in Kentucky has been fired after he appeared in a fake recruitment video for Louisville police in which he referenced the death of Breonna Taylor.
The Black Louisville Metro Department of Correction officer, identified as Turhan Knight, was terminated Thursday after being employed since 2018.
“We need backup, answer the call, be a part of a great, great police department. Never mind what happened to Breonna Taylor, we killed that b—-,” he said in the video.
“You want to drive vehicles like this? And fly in planes? Do you want to be able to have unlimited off-duty? Do you want to be able to support your family? Do you want to kill people and be able to get off for it? Join Louisville Metro Police Department.”
According to NBC, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections became aware of the video early last week.
Former officer Knight says the video was made Aug. 18 and issued an apology.
“I understand that the video was insensitive and I am deeply remorseful for even making it,” he said.
Knight’s union says they will not contest his termination and stand behind the decision.
“There is no place in public service for anyone that would do something so insensitive,” said Daniel Johnson, the president of the union that represents Louisville corrections officers.
“We believe the termination was absolutely justified and was the right decision. Knight’s views and opinions of LMPD does not reflect those of FOP Lodge 77. There will be no appeal from the FOP on his termination and we are glad to see the department take quick action to end his employment,” he said.
Knight says he submitted his resignation two weeks ago after accepting another job.
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