Grand jury audio details raid that killed Breonna Taylor

Wednesday, 07 Oct, 2020

Another neighbor was awake when the police showed up, and she said she didn't know it was the police. But Cameron later clarified that officers did knock before breaking down the door. "They did not go forward with executing the initial search warrant that they had for Breonna Taylor's apartment". He said not recording them was "customary". Here, police officers walk by the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, which sits adjacent to Jefferson Square Park, the epicenter for Black Lives Matter protests over Taylor's death.

The evidence so far seems to be confusing.

Walker's attorney, Steve Romines, told CNN that Walker told officers at the scene that Taylor fired the gun because he feared police might harm him. On the other hand, another police officer said that the house was not searched in the first place. The city also agreed to enact police reforms which include using social workers to provide support on certain police runs and requiring commanders to review and approve search warrants before seeking judicial approval.

ELAHI: Well, Hankison made a lot of claims in his interview with police investigators that weren't backed up by evidence.

Even the material from secret Jury meetings was leaked, the police didn't object to it. And the live testimony seems to mainly come from investigators and prosecutors from the attorney general's office. The judge instead gave his office until noon Friday. As investigators pressed Walker to answer why he believed police might be at Taylor's apartment that night, he responded that he didn't know. Kenneth narrated the entire incident.

Hankison said he wasn't supposed to be working that night as it was his scheduled day off. Suddenly, they heard someone banging the door.

For months, the raid had been characterized in reports and by officials as the execution of a "no-knock warrant", meaning law enforcement officers enter without knocking or announcing themselves.

He willfully communicated that he was not able to see who was at the door and did not hear them identify themselves.

While walking to the door, Walker said he saw the door come off the hinges.

Mattingly said in testimony, some of which was previously released, that he fired four gunshots as he fell on his backside. The gun was legally registered.

MYLES COSGROVE: I'm nearly positive that I was - I had fired or was firing during those flashes and during that vivid - those vivid white and black and gray colors I was seeing. Police then fired 32 rounds, six of which hit Taylor.

"We were all kind of the older guys who were put with it because this was going to be the easy location", Hankison said. Were it not for one juror's umbrage at being used by the Attorney General "as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility" for the lack of indictments, we would likely never have heard the grand jury tapes he reluctantly released Friday afternoon. But he doesn't remember which one it was.

The grand jury indicted one of the three officers involved for first-degree wanton endangerment, but nothing related to the murder of Taylor.

Cameron said their presentation followed the facts and the evidence, adding that the grand jury was given complete picture surrounding Taylor's death on March 13.

Much of the debate around Taylor's death revolves around officers' response to Walker reportedly firing a "warning shot" to scare off who he says he thought to be an intruder.