Louisville Corrections Officer Fired for Video Where He Mocked Police Department and Death of Breonna Taylor

Turhan Knight

A Kentucky corrections officer has been fired after he appeared in a mock recruitment video for Louisville police, referring to the death of Breonna Taylor and asking, “Do you want to kill people and be able to get off for it?”

Turhan Knight, a Louisville Metro Department of Corrections officer since 2018, was terminated Thursday after the video surfaced, said Maj. Darrell Goodlett of the Corrections Department.

In the video, Knight appeared to pose as a Louisville Metro Police officer and walked among patrol vehicles, saying, “Trying to repair broken relationships, and brother, we need you.”

“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.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical worker, was fatally shot in a botched police raid at her Louisville apartment in March 2020. Her death sparked national protests decrying police brutality, and four officers were federally charged with violating her civil rights this month.

“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,” Knight continued in the video.

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

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SOURCE: NBC News, Marlene Lenthang