The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, calls Hankison a “sexual predator” who “used his police uniform and secondary nightclub employment as mechanisms to prey on innocent women who are two decades younger than him.”
Hankison is being accused of assault and battery, based on the lawsuit.
CNN reached out to Hankison’s lawyer, Stew Mathews, for remark.
Hankison was among the many officers that executed a raid on the residence of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician and aspiring nurse, in March. After officers entered the house with a battering ram, Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot and officers allegedly fired again blindly — together with Hankison who’s accused of firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s residence. Taylor was fatally shot, sparking public outrage.
Hankison was fired for his position within the taking pictures.
According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Margo Borders visited the Tin Roof bar in Kentucky to satisfy some mates in 2018 the place Hankison was working as safety. Borders and Hankison had met in 2017 and had a mutual good friend; Hankison “frequently messaged” Borders on Snapchat and reached out to her when he was “having problems with his girlfriend,” based on the lawsuit.
Borders was intoxicated that evening, and when time got here to depart the bar and as she was about to name an Uber, Hankison insisted that he drive her house and invited himself into her residence, based on the lawsuit. Borders went to her room and fell asleep, and when she was unconscious, Hankison “willfully, intentionally, painfully and violently sexually assaulted” her, based on the lawsuit.
When Borders regained consciousness, she yelled for Hankison to get off her; he then grabbed his uniform and left her room, based on the lawsuit. Later that day, Hankison messaged Borders “to try and suggest that the two had engaged in consensual relations,” based on the lawsuit.
“Margo and so many other women put their trust in what they thought was a police officer doing a good deed. He responded by damaging their lives,” stated Sam Aguiar, certainly one of Borders attorneys. “We are confident that this litigation will send a message that the community will hold the police accountable when the department itself fails to do so.”
Aguiar can be one of many legal professionals for Breonna Taylor’s household.
According to the lawsuit, this wasn’t an remoted incident; it contains the claims of 9 different girls, a few of whom allege that they had experiences with Hankison starting from undesirable sexual advances to sexual assault.
Hankison’s inside police division file particulars greater than 50 inside studies, together with “at least two Public Integrity Unit investigations which included allegations of sexual misconduct,” based on the lawsuit. In one incident, Hankison was exonerated after it was alleged that he demanded sexual favors in change for not inserting prison fees on a sufferer, based on the lawsuit. In one other, it was alleged that Hankison made advances and tried up to now a girl whereas she was the topic of an lively investigation; he was exonerated for this incident as effectively, based on the lawsuit.
The lawsuit names and alleges that colleagues of Hankison on the LMPD, together with former Chief Steve Conrad, knew of his conduct however by no means reported or investigated it. It additionally alleges that “multiple women claim that reports made to LMPD over the incidents were made, but were not pursued.”
CNN reached out to the LMPD for remark.
The lawsuit names Hankison as a defendant in addition to 5 members of the LMPD, together with Conrad, who’re being accused of negligent supervision and failure to report and intervene, and the Tin Roof and a supervisor of the Tin Roof, who’re additionally being accused of negligent supervision and vicarious legal responsibility. The lawsuit additionally names “unknown defendants” who’re “employed by Louisville Metro Government” and are being accused of failure to report and intervene.
CNN has reached out to former Chief Steve Conrad, the Tin Roof and a supervisor of the Tin Roof for remark.
Borders and her attorneys are asking for a trial, compensatory and punitive damages in an quantity to be specified at trial and prices incurred for legal professional charges, based on the lawsuit.