Louisville, Kentucky: An innocent woman named Breonna Taylor was gunned down in her house by police who executed a “botched” search warrant and pushed their way in, shocking her and her partner who thought the policemen were burglars, her family details in their lawsuit.
The lawsuit – filed by her family – says that she and her boyfriend thought they were being robbed and he fired his gun in self-defense. The lawsuit accuses the three policemen of “blindly firing” more than 20 bullets into the apartment.
Breonna was an EMT worker.
After the incident – which happened on March 13, the Louisville Metro Police Department said the policemen had knocked on their door multiple times and
“announced their presence as police who were there with a search warrant.”
After they forced their way inside, the officers “were immediately met by gunfire,” Lieutenant Ted Eidem said at a press conference.
Breonna’s passing gained countrywide attention this week after her family hired lawyer Ben Crump, who also represents the family of Ahmaud Arbery, the black man who was shot and killed in Georgia back in February after being chased down by a father and son who thought he was a burglar. They were charged with murder and aggravated assault.
26-year-old Breonna was shot eight times by the officers.
Kenneth Walker, 27, was taken by police and charged with assault and attempted murder on an officer. A lawyer for him could not be reached immediately.
Crump called Breonna’s death a “senseless killing.”
“We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Louisville Police Department,” he said in a statement on Twitter last Monday.
The lawyer also called out the police for not providing
“any answers regarding the facts and circumstances of how this tragedy occurred.”
According to records, the police investigation was focused on a “trap house” more than 10 miles away from Breonna’s apartment.
A judge had apparently approved a “no-knock” search warrant, which meant that officers did not even have to identify themselves, as per The Courier-Journal.
The lawsuit states that Breonna and Kenneth were sleeping in their bedroom when cops in plainclothes and unmarked cars came to their home in search of a suspect who lived in another part of the city and was already caught by police.
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