Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor was an American citizen who was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on 13 March 2020. She was shot eight times at her own apartment by the LMPD officers during a no-knock search warrant. The wrongful death of Taylor sparked the police brutality against the African-American community. Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LMPD. Following the death of another African-American George Floyd, nationwide protests against the police department took place for several months. The City of Louisville agreed in September 2020 to pay Taylor’s family $12 million and reform police practices as part of a settlement.

What makes Breonna Taylor so well-known?

Officers from the LMPD accidentally shot and killed him.

From where did Breonna Taylor come?

Breonna Taylor is a young woman who was born in the year 1994. She was born in the United States, in the city of Louisville. She was a citizen of the United States. She was of African-American ancestry. Tamika Palmer is her mother’s name. Ju’Niyah Palmer is her younger sister.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville. She was a paramedic who operated in an emergency room. She had been employed by the University of Louisville Health as a full-time ER technician.

Breonna Taylor died in a car crash.

On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor and her partner, Kenneth Walker, were at her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. During a no-knock search warrant, three plainclothes LMPD officers, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove, forcibly invaded Breonna Taylor’s apartment. Jamarcus Glover and Adrian Walker were wanted by the LMPD on suspicion of trafficking illegal drugs from a drug house. Glover and Taylor had previously dated for two years.

The officers from the LMPD slammed the door shut. Kenneth Walker was the first to shoot when he found an intruder in the apartment. The cops said they made an announcement and knocked on the door several times before entering the apartment. However, Taylor’s family and neighbors deny the officers’ claim that no announcement was made. Walker had a concealed carry permit. Intruders, he claimed, had broken into the apartment. One of the officers on the scene was wounded by Walker’s shot. With more than 20 bullets fired into the residence, police officers retaliated. Breonna Taylor was fired a total of eight times.

Aftermath of Breonna Taylor’s Shooting

The police filed an incident report claiming that Taylor was unharmed and that there was no forced entry. The three officers involved in the shooting have been put on unpaid leave awaiting the findings of the Internal Professional Integrity Unit’s investigation. The FBI launched its own investigation into the matter.

In early June, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer demanded that Officer Hankison be removed from the Louisville Police Merit Board. On June 23, 2020, Hakinson was officially struck.

Walker was originally charged with attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault. Officers from the police station said that they made an announcement before forcing their way into the apartment. Taylor’s relatives and neighbors, on the other hand, deny that the police made no announcement. “Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” Walker was heard saying on a 911 call recording. Because of COVID-19 issues, Walker was released from prison. Walker’s lawyer, Rob Eggert, filed a motion to get the charges against him dismissed indefinitely.

Protests in Lousiville began calling for the three officers to be arrested and charged with murder. George Floyd’s death sparked worldwide demonstrations in the aftermath of another tragedy.

On May 15, 2020, Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death case. In September 2020, the case was settled. The city of Louisville decided to pay Taylor’s family $12 million and to reform its policing policies.

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