Lawsuit: Cops Busted Into Home, Killed Sleeping Woman

Saturday, 16 May, 2020

Taylor, a certified emergency medical technician, and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep when police arrived at her home around 1 a.m. on March 13 to serve a search warrant, according to Walker's attorney, Rob Eggert, in court documents.

The Louisville Police Department spokeswoman Jessie Halladay stated that there is an ongoing investigation in the case, telling USA Today, "We held a press conference about this shooting when it occurred to detail what we were able". And they said police had already arrested the primary target of the narcotics investigation by the time this group got to Taylor's home.

However, the family's lawsuit, filed on April 27, alleges the officers "did not knock or identify themselves prior to entering Breonna's home", according to ABC News.

Sgt. John Mattingly, who was shot in the leg during the incident, detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison were placed on administrative reassignment in connection to the incident. Neighbors and Walker claimed they barged into the apartment unannounced and started shooting, civil attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker said on Wednesday during a videoconference call. He's now facing charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. No police body cam is available.

Tuesday, the attorney now representing Taylor's family, Ben Crump, shared his account of what happened that night.

LMPD said it would not comment on a pending investigation.

"I want them to say her name", she told The Washington Post.

He added: 'They're killing our sisters just like they're killing our brothers, but for whatever reason, we have not given our sisters the same attention that we have given to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Stephon Clark, Terence Crutcher, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald.

But, in an affidavit signed by a judge less than three hours after Taylor was killed, an LMPD officer's writing indicated police may have believed that Taylor had fired the gun. No drugs were found in the home.

"Breonna had posed no threat to the officers and did nothing to deserve to die at their hands", the lawsuit said. Officers went to the wrong complex, wrong unit and shot Breonna 8 times, MSN reports.

The lawsuit accuses the officers of wrongful death, excessive force, and gross negligence, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, and legal fees through a jury trial.

"I'm just getting awareness for my sister, for people to know who she is, what her name is", Taylor's sister Ju'Niyah Palmer said. "History shows us that police killings like this one are disproportionately carried out against people who look like Ms. Taylor, like me, and like you". "She didn't have a problem with that".

"As a Black man and a legislator representing a community that has suffered from this type of trauma for years, I am personally committed to making sure that justice is done for Ms. Taylor and her family", Booker wrote in the letter to Cameron.

"For weeks the city treated Breonna like she was a criminal".

Breonna Tayler became an EMT in 2017 and also was a part-time nurse at a local Louisville hospital, the Courier-Journal said.

Vox cited two separate but similar cases of botched no-knock warrants executed in Texas with unequal results along racial lines. A white father and son were arrested last week after video emerged of them confronting Arbery, which led to a struggle with punches thrown, three shots fired and Arbery collapsing dead.

A woman in the U.S. state of Kentucky was shot and killed by police after they raided the wrong address, according to a lawsuit. She did EVERYTHING right.