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Dem Governor Calls for Investigation Into Police Killing of Breonna Taylor, Gunned Down in Raid on Wrong House

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Gov. Andy Beshear (D-KY) is calling for an investigation into the police killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black first responder, who was shot eight times in her own apartment by Louisville Metro police officers on March 13.

Taylor was asleep when the police, who had a search warrant in a drug investigation meant for someone else, entered without identifying themselves. Louisville Metro Police Department officials claimed the officers engaged in the shooting after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot first, but Walker is a licensed gun owner who allegedly thought someone was breaking in.

WLKY News released photos from the scene, which show bullet-holes covering the interior and exterior of her apartment.

“The commonwealth’s attorney, the U.S. attorney and the Kentucky attorney general should carefully review the results of the initial investigation to ensure justice is done at a time when many are concerned that justice is not blind,” Beshear said in a statement Wednesday.

 

Taylor worked at two hospitals as an EMT helping with the coronavirus, her mother Tamika Palmer told CBS News. “Breonna loves life and she loved to help people and she loved her family. She didn’t deserve what they did to her.”

Taylor’s family has filed a lawsuit against the officers for wrongful death, excessive force, and gross negligence. The family is being represented by civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who also represented Ahmaud Arbery’s family after two white men shot and killed Arbery, an unarmed black man, while he was jogging.

“You can’t walk while black. With Ahmaud, you can’t jog while black. Driving while black,” Crump said during a news conference. “But Breonna Taylor was sleeping while black in the sanctity of her own home.”

According to the Taylor’s lawsuit, the officers had a “knock and announce” search warrant, but were looking for a man who lived in a different area of Louisville, and who had already been arrested the previous day.

Taylor’s murder has received attention on social media, with many elected officials calling for justice:

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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I looked but did not see any mention of body cams, if they were used should provide a lot of help.  If the police did not identify themselves, many heads should roll, even up to highest levels.  If they did identify themselves, command officers who gave the go ahead should face some action also.

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They at least dropped the aattempted murder charge against Ms. Taylor's boyfriend. 

Generally a pro-union guy, but damned if FOPs and police unions don't test that position from time to time. 

 

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41 minutes ago, AUDub said:

They at least dropped the aattempted murder charge against Ms. Taylor's boyfriend. 

Generally a pro-union guy, but damned if FOPs and police unions don't test that position from time to time. 

 

Unions serve their dues paying membership period.  If they put out any other statement they would not be representing their membership. 

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23 hours ago, homersapien said:

Just another example of the militarization of the police force - especially in regards to the drug "war". :no:

Militarization is the new Penile Compensation Race with Sheriffs and Police Depts. Soon small towns are going to have APCs etc.

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When I hear of these idiotic things some policemen do and watch the body and dash cams I have to wonder if there is a serious flaw in the recruiting and training programs. 

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58 minutes ago, jj3jordan said:

When I hear of these idiotic things some policemen do and watch the body and dash cams I have to wonder if there is a serious flaw in the recruiting and training programs. 

i have read and do not remember where that many departments do not have the funding to train these guys like they should be. take it with a grain of salt.

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