LOUISVILLE, KY – More details have been revealed around the case involving the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. This new information brings to light some serious questions.
According to reports of information shared with the grand jury in September, a recorded interview that was played for them featured Officer Brett Hankinson when he told investigators back in March that Taylor’s boyfriend initially told police that Taylor was the one who shot at officers inside the apartment.
Continued: Boyfriend Kenneth Walker later confessed to officer Hankison that he was the one who opened fire at police.
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In a rather uncommon development, roughly 20 hours’ worth of audio that from the grand jury meetings involving the Taylor case was released. The grand jury had an opportunity to hear some of the first interviews collected by investigators.
Officer Brett Hankinson is the only officer to have been charged in the acts revolving around the death of Taylor. He’s been charged with wanton endangerment based upon the trajectory of bullets fired by him on March 13th.
But according to Hankinson in March, he told investigators that Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend had claimed that Taylor was the person to have opened fire on officers entering the home.
It doesn't really matter – the facts are that she was deep in the drug game, and while she didn't deserve to be shot that is a consequence of being in the drug game.
— MoneyBeets (@Money_Beets) October 2, 2020
While Walker eventually changed his story according to report and stated he was the man who shot at police. A neighbor of Taylor’s also told investigators that police had said initially on the scene that “some drug-dealing girl shot an officer.”
So while the official story being presented as fact is that Walker shot at police and police returned fire – it begs the question of if Walker really was the gunman, then why did he not get shot once and Taylor got shot six times?
— The US Sun (@TheSunUS) October 2, 2020
While there was a myriad of shots fired by police and likely chaos revolving around those mere seconds when the shots were exchanged, police fired toward wherever the shots came from.
Such information either means that Walker misspoke when saying Taylor was the shooter, or he initially lied to cover himself as being the shooter. Some speculate he told the truth initially and then decided to fall on the proverbial sword.
With the case as complex as it is, this only creates an opportunity for more questions in an already speculative case rather than serving as definitive answers.
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Here’s a recent editorial penned by Adrianna San Marco that helped detail a lot of the misinformation that was first being presented by media outlets when this case was first making the rounds nationally.
LOUISVILLE, KY- Anarchy erupted following a grand jury’s decision on Wednesday to press charges on an officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.
Rioters and media outlets have been spinning key details of the case to fit their narrative. Now, we have to set the record straight.
First, the events that led up to Breonna Taylor’s death are often glossed over by the media.
Jamarcus Glover, Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, had multiple warrants out for his arrest and was being investigated for narcotics. A narcotics investigation that involved Glover led local law enforcement to obtain two no-knock search warrants for Taylor’s apartment.
Glover did not live in Taylor’s place of residence but detective Joshua Jaynes argued in the affidavit for the warrant that his presence made the search necessary.
According to a recount of the affidavit by The Courier Journal Glover was frequently seen in and around the apartment:
- “Glover’s car had made “frequent” trips to Taylor’s Springfield Drive apartment.
- Glover walked directly into Taylor’s apartment on Jan. 16.
- A U.S. postal inspector verified Glover received packages at Taylor’s apartment.
- Taylor’s car had been seen in front of Elliott Avenue on “different occasions.”
This information calls into question the relationship of Taylor and Glover who had been separated for years. Though Taylor’s estate attorney, Sam Aguiar, maintained that the pair were “passive friends,” reporting by the The Courier Journal showed the pair had much closer ties:
“On Jan. 3, for example, following Glover’s arrest on trafficking and weapons charges, he called Taylor from the jail and asked her to contact one of his co-defendants to get bail money.
Taylor responded that the associate was “already at the trap” — slang for a house used for drug trafficking.
Glover told her to be on standby to pick him up if he made bail. “I’m going to get me some rest in your bed,” he said, according to the recording.
“Love you,” he said, at the end of the call.
“Love you, too,” she replied.”
After listening to the conversation above Aguilar issued an apology for “mischaracterizing” their relationship.
The Courier Journal reported:
“In his email to The Courier Journal, Aguiar apologized to “the public and to Breonna’s family” for mischaracterizing the relationship, saying it was based on an erroneous conclusion he drew without the benefit of the jail recording.”
There have also been accusations that suggest Taylor took part criminal behavior and drug dealing along with Glover.
Evidence to prove this was given during a call made by Glover from jail. After being arrested on March 13th Glover told a girlfriend that Taylor was holding $8,000 for him and had been “handling all my money.”
This statement was recanted in August by Glover who denied Taylor had been holding money for him. Police were unable to find drugs or money while searching Taylor’s apartment. Given the lack of evidence found and Taylor’s clean record it is difficult to say whether Taylor partook in criminal activity.
There has also been false information reported regarding the search itself. Shortly after midnight on March 13, the night of the raid, officers arrived at Taylor’s apartment where she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping.
One of the most contentious pieces of this case is whether police alerted Taylor of their presence. Though the officers were not obligated to inform the couple, given the no-knock warrant, neighbors reported that they heard officers identify themselves before entering the apartment.
During an NPR interview Amina Elahi, a reporter for WFPL, said that Attorney General Daniel Cameron confirmed, while they didn’t have to, the officers identified themselves:
“What Cameron said about this was that they interviewed one of Breonna Taylor’s neighbors, who corroborated the police’s claim that they said who they were before breaking down her door.”
Other neighbors disagreed and claimed that they didn’t hear officers introduce themselves before entering the apartment.
Police then used a battering ram to enter the apartment where Walker and Taylor were waiting. As they walked down the hallway to the front door three officers entered the apartment causing Walker to fire what he deemed a “warning shot” at officers. Officers then returned fire striking Taylor five times. Taylor died in the hallway.
Walker claims that the shot he fired was aimed at the ground to warn off the intruders, however this claim was debunked by Attorney General Cameron.
During the NPR interview Elahi also reported that the bullet that struck Mattingly came from Walker:
“Attorney General Cameron also said the ballistics report confirmed that the bullet that struck Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly came from Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker.”
Walker’s first shot hit Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the upper thigh forcing officers to fire back, making their shots justified. Although the officers were not tried for homicide, one of the officers, Brett Hankison, was indicted on Wednesday for endangering bystanders. He is being charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree after one of the shots went into another apartment.
The lawsuit stated:
“Shots were blindly fired by the officers all throughout Breonna’s home and also into the adjacent home, where a five-year-old child and a pregnant mother had been sleeping.”
Following the decision not to charge the three officers with the murder or Taylor cities across the US erupted into violence and anarchy.
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