Louisville anxiously awaits Breonna Taylor decision — and whether justice or chaos reigns
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020. Three plainclothes LMPD officers entered her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, executing a no-knock search warrant (although, according to the police account and witnesses present at the scene, the officers nonetheless knocked before forcing entry). Gunfire was exchanged between Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker and the officers. Walker said that he believed that the officers were intruders. The LMPD officers fired over twenty shots. Taylor was shot eight times and LMPD Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly was injured by gunfire. Another police officer and an LMPD lieutenant were on the scene when the warrant was executed.
The primary targets of the LMPD investigation were Jamarcus Glover and Adrian Walker, who were suspected of selling controlled substances from a drug house more than 10 miles away. According to a Taylor family attorney, Glover had dated Taylor two years before and continued to have a “passive friendship”. The search warrant included Taylor’s residence because it was suspected that Glover received packages containing drugs at Taylor’s apartment and because a car registered to Taylor had been seen parked on several occasions in front of Glover’s house. No drugs were found in the apartment.
Kenneth Walker, who was licensed to carry a firearm, fired first, injuring a law enforcement officer, whereupon police returned fire into the apartment with more than 20 rounds. A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the police by the Taylor family’s attorney alleges that the officers, who entered Taylor’s home “without knocking and without announcing themselves as police officers”, opened fire “with a total disregard for the value of human life;” however, according to the police account, the officers did knock and announce themselves before forcing entry. A New York Times investigation confirmed from interviews with Kenneth Walker and with Taylor’s neighbors that the police had knocked loudly before breaking in, but most had not heard them announce themselves.
Unfortunately; I do not see a peaceful solution to this unfortunate death of Breonna Walker, who was innocent victim of circumstances.
The cops knocked – was heard by others – Walker shot shot first and hit one of the officers – the cops returned fire and Beronna was struck by the cops bullets. As in many cases that were deliberate, I don’t not think this was on the cops part.
I don’t have to be clairvoyant to know that this incident will bring out the beats instead of the best in the community. If there had not been so many other similarly related incidents around the country, it may have gone over a lot less severe.
Let us hope for level head and a just decision.