Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, shared that she had fired at the police first when they had burst into her apartment. Kentucky officer Brett Hankison who had been fired, as a result, made these claims in a newly released grand jury testimony. Hankison has claimed that Taylor’s boyfriend Walker had initially told the police that she had shot at officers while they had carried out their no-knock warrant into her apartment.
Taylor was fatally shot during a botched police raid while she was inside her Louisville apartment on March 13. At the time of the incident, Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had reportedly been sleeping and were awakened when the officers burst into the home.
Taylor was killed when three police officers opened fire at her boyfriend. The police had broken down her door using a battering ram in the middle of the night as part of the investigation into her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover.
Almost 20 hours of audio from secret grand jury proceedings was released on Friday, October 2, which includes interviews with Hankison in March. Hankison had been discussing how he along with two other officers had opened fire and fatally shot Taylor, 26 in Louisville.
In the audio, Hankison can be heard saying, “She was the one who shot at us” while repeating what Walker had told him after the shooting. Later on, Walker had confessed that he had been the one to open fire. A neighbor had told investigators that on the night of the shooting, the police had said that “some drug-dealing girl shot an officer.”
The police claimed that they had knocked on the door many times but Taylor’s neighbors and Walker have claimed that they did not hear anything. Walker then fired a warning shot out of the door which led to the police officers returning fire which killed Taylor.
Hankison had told investigators how he had witnessed ‘intense fire’ which had been ‘lighting up the room’. He added how he was wearing a vest “there is no way we can challenge this guy with an assault rifle.” Post the shooting, Hankison was laid off from his job and subsequently charged with wanton endangerment and not for shooting Taylor.
We had earlier reported that the police investigating Breonna Taylor’s former boyfriend as a part of a drug probe had been repeatedly told that she was not receiving any suspicious packages for him at home but they still insisted on listing it in their search warrant and went on to raid her home.
As per the authorities, Taylor’s home which is located in Louisville, Kentucky, had been crucial to the investigation and so it warranted the raid, Daily Mail had revealed. The cops said that Glover had been picking up packages from the property earlier in the year and then driving down to a known “drug house”.
A new report, which was recently released, revealed that the officers had asked the postal service whether or not any suspicious packages were sent to Taylor’s home and were told that there were none.