*Louisville police are allegedly “desperate” to cover up the execution of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.
Taylor was killed March 13 by officers after they stormed her home during a botched drug raid– firing more than 20 rounds into her apartment.
The LMPD (Louisville Metro Police officers) were looking for a suspect already in custody who did not live at the victim’s apartment, according to a lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family. Officers went to the wrong complex, wrong unit and shot Breonna 8 times, MSN reports.
Criticism of Louisville police is mounting as the disturbing case gains national attention.
The LMPD conducted an improper raid when they burst in Taylor’s home (in plain clothes) without announcing their presence and fired at least 22 times, with bullets going into neighboring apartments, and “it was incredible that Mrs. Taylor was the only one killed,” said Rob Eggert, defense attorney for Talyor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.
Walker, a licensed gun owner, was inside the apartment at the time and he shot at the officers when they attempted to enter without announcing themselves, according to the lawsuit. He was not injured in the incident, but was arrested and has since been released.
Police claim they began shooting after one of the officers was shot and injured by Walker. He’s now facing charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer.
Taylor, who had no criminal record, died in her home.
No drugs were found in the home.
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The lawsuit filed against the LMPD claims the officers weren’t looking for Taylor or her boyfriend, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.
“It seems to me like they’re just trying to cover their tracks from day one,” said Sam Aguiar, a Louisville-based attorney representing Taylor’s family. “And every single time they keep saying things that conflict with former things that really just looks like they’re so desperate to cover this up, and it’s why getting the truth in this case is so important.”
Eggert noted in court filings that Walker fired in self-defense, believing the home was being broken into because police didn’t announce themselves.
The family’s attorneys, including Louisville-based attorney Lonita Baker and prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, have outlined the missteps and corruption of LMPD.
Walker’s attorney has written in a court motion that he believed someone was breaking into the home and acted in self-defense.
In the arrest citation — which lists a violation time of 12:43 a.m., with an arrest 17 minutes later — police wrote that after being read his rights, Walker admitted to being the “only person to shoot from inside of the apartment.”
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.
“As the detectives attempted to make entry subject inside the residence was armed with a(n) unknown gun and fired shot striking a detective,” it said. “In the course of protecting themselves and other civilians detectives returned gunfire and struck the subject unknown number of times. The subject collapsed inside the listed residence and subsequently pronounced deceased on scene.”
Aguiar has slammed the LMPD’s conflicting report.
“Get your damn story straight,” he said. “Again, they charged an individual for attempted murder of a police officer, but then you’re writing up documents, trying to suggest that this victim of this execution … is all of a sudden a suspect or responsible for shooting at these officers. Give me a break.”
Louisville police are allegedly attempting to connect Taylor to the narcotics investigation by way of suspected drug trafficker Jamarcus Glover. They two dated years ago and maintained what Aguiar called a “passive friendship.”
In the warrant to search Taylor’s home, police say they observed Glover retrieve a USPS box from her home in January — two months before the warrant was executed — and said drug dealers are known to “receive mail packages at different locations to avoid detection from law enforcement. … Mr. J. Glover may be keeping narcotics and/or proceeds from the sale of narcotics at (Taylor’s address) for safekeeping.”
Aguiar called it “an isolated incident.”
“Glover is seen carrying a package that they think contains some sort of drugs, then why in the world was he not pulled over right then and there?” he asked. “Because what you’ll see for Jamarcus Glover’s record is that the police have no qualms for pulling him over. He gets pulled over on average once a month.
“And if they really thought that Breonna Taylor was a place for him to pick up packages and that these packages contain things that they shouldn’t, why in the world are they waiting until the middle of March to execute a no-knock drug raid, into an apartment that had no rear exit, by the way?”
Aguiar called the warrant “another wild goose chase to try to get drug dealers” and that Taylor got “lumped right into the middle of it.