Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville police in March
Cops investigating Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend as part of a drug investigation have been told repeatedly that she does not receive any suspicious packages for him at her home, but they have her still listed in their search warrant and attacked him.
Taylor was shot and killed as three cops retaliated against her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, in March. Cops had broken down her door with a ram in the middle of the night as part of an investigation into her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover.
According to the cops, Taylor’s apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, was crucial to the investigation, so it was a justified raid. They say Glover was picking up packages at the property earlier in the year and then going to a known “pharmacy”.
However, a recently released report reveals that officers asked the Postal Service if suspicious packages were being sent to Taylor’s home and were told no.
Jamarcus Glover, the ex-boyfriend of the police was investigating. Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend who was with her the night she died
They always insisted on looting him, even though Taylor had previously been described as a “soft target.”
Police wanted to know if Glover was sending packages to Taylor’s apartment that might have been relevant to their drug investigation, according to the WDRB.
He had told them he had had shoes delivered to the address in January.
The tapes of police talks about the investigation will be released on Friday.
Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron had tried to delay the release for a week, saying he needed more time to redact the names of the witnesses.
The judge gave him until Friday.
This came after a juror in the case filed a motion that all evidence be made public.
On Tuesday night, Cameron sought to defend himself ahead of the release of the records the grand jury showed.
He was accused by an unidentified juror of publicly misrepresenting the incident by submitting evidence and recommending that only one of the cops be charged.
Neither Jonathan Mattingly (left) nor Myles Cosgrove (right) have been charged with Taylor’s death
His staff on Wednesday said they needed more time to redact some of the names involved. They want an extra week to complete their redactions.
Brett Hankison is the only cop of the three who has been charged. He was charged with gratuitous endangerment for a bullet that entered Taylor’s neighbor’s house
The evidence includes statements from a neighbor who first claimed to hear the cops coming in, but then changed his story to say no.
The evidence also includes “recordings”, but it is not clear whether these are body camera recordings or other types of footage.
On Monday, a juror filed a motion earlier this week that all evidence be made public. They say they are upset that Cameron’s office only recommended that one of the cops be charged with gratuitous endangerment, leaving the other two completely off the hook and without charging either of them with murder.
Taylor was shot and killed at her home in Louisville in March after three cops – Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove – opened fire on her apartment, where she was sleeping with her boyfriend.
They were executing a search warrant for her apartment which was part of a drug trafficking investigation into her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, at the time.
Taylor’s boyfriend at the time of his death, Kenneth Walker, woke up to see the police ram the door open and opened fire. He says they didn’t announce themselves. The cops fired back and Taylor was killed in the crossfire.
Despite global outrage over the murder – one of many murders this year that have highlighted police brutality against black Americans and sparked protests around the world – nothing has been done to indict the officers until last week when, after a grand jury was called, Hankison was indicted.
Cameron’s office said the other two were right to hit back and kill her because Walker opened fire first.
Daniel Cameron sought Tuesday night to defend himself before the publication of the records that the grand jury showed. He was accused by an unidentified juror of publicly misrepresenting the case
In an interview on Tuesday night, Cameron said the jury should have laid murder charges against the other two cops if they wanted to, but his office hadn’t because they would never have been able to prove them at trial.
“Basically your question is whether we have recommended murder charges against Cosgrove and Mattingly.
‘The answer is no. Ultimately, our judgment is that the charge we could prove at trial beyond a reasonable doubt was of gratuitous endangerment against Hankison.
“It is an independent organization.
“If they wanted to do an assessment of the different charges, they could have done it.
“But our recommendation was that (Jonathan) Mattingly and (Myles) Cosgrove were justified in their actions and conduct,” he told WDRB TV.
The juror spoke through their lawyer to say that they had never had the opportunity to indict the other two cops and that they were in “turmoil” over the result.
“This is something where the juror is not looking for any fame, no recognition, no money,” their lawyer, Kevin M. Glogower, told The New York Times on Tuesday.